Simple Insights on Treating Seasonal Allergies
Seasonal allergies may be getting worse. That’s the conclusion of several recent studies, which have found evidence strongly linking milder winters and warmer summers with a higher incidence of pollen and other airborne particles.
Those of us who suffer with seasonal rhinitis know that the word “sniffles” barely covers the range and breadth of symptoms we are likely to face. Congestion, headaches, lethargy, even mood disruptions are all common symptoms of allergies, yet too often, over the counter medications barely make a dent.
What can you do to combat seasonal allergies? Fighting back effectively begins with understanding the enemy:
The immune system’s general reaction to pollen — or any allergen — is to produce Immunoglobulin E antibodies. The antibodies then travel to cells that release histamine and other chemicals, thereby causing the allergic reaction. The reaction manifest in a wide variety of symptoms. Chief among them, writes Healthline, are sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, watery eyes, itchy sinuses, throat, eyes, or ear canals, ear congestion, and postnasal drainage.
Although there are several treatments for this cascade of symptoms, sometimes the problem can be due to a complicating anatomical element. If your sinuses tend to clog and create pressure, it may be time to speak with a sinus surgeon about some more permanent ways to open a pathway to drainage.
To learn more, contact the Los Angeles sinus experts for a complete allergy test today.