Learn About Allergic Sinusitis:
You are likely familiar with allergies—abnormal reactions of the body to an allergen introduced by inhalation, ingestion, injection, or skin contact. Allergies are often manifested by symptoms such as itchy eyes, runny nose, wheezing, skin rash, or diarrhea.
Allergic Sinusitis is specifically the body’s reaction to airborne antigens that you breathe into your nasal cavity. Your body can respond with a histamine reaction. Histamine is an organic chemical compound produced by basophils and mast cells in tissues and released by the body’s local immune system to engage pathogens in the body. Antihistamines are often used to manage the symptoms of the histamine responses.
Common Antigens Include:
- Dried food particles
- Fabric fibers
- Animal dander
- Insect parts, especially those of dust mites and cockroaches
- Industrial chemicals (including cigarette smoke)
- Seasonal Culprits
When your symptoms seem to come and go, like the changing of the seasons, you should consider these seasonal allergens as the source of your problem.
- Spring and Late Summer: Ragweed, which effects up to 75% of seasonal allergy sufferers.
- Late March and Early April: Tree pollen, which seems to turn the world yellow.
- October and November: Mold spores are your #1 suspect, which typically is growing on fallen, decaying leaves.
When your symptoms are year-round, your environment (home, work, car) may be the source of an unknown allergen.
- Pet dander
Like other forms of sinusitis, the allergy-induced type blocks the nasal cavities and does not let the nasal mucus drain freely. Also, like other forms of sinusitis, allergic symptoms vary from person to person. While one person may have many symptoms, someone else may have only one or two of them.
Physicians will often treat these allergies with a combination of OTC antihistamines and OTC steroid sprays help a patient gain relief. In severe cases, a physician may prescribe or inject stronger steroids to gain relief.
Allergic Sinusitis and Mold:
Once a sinus infection develops, addition infections can develop in the trapped mucous. In the case of mold exposure, there lies the possibility of an immune system response to mold (as opposed to an allergic histamine response. In these cases, a cycle of infection can develop where fungi and bacteria create ideal environments for the other to grow. This condition develops into Chronic Sinusitis. In these cases, the patient will never get better without removing the mold from their sinuses and environment.
Treatment Tips for Allergic Sinusitis:
- Nasapure Saline Irrigation is effective in relieving symptoms. It cleans the sinus passages and reduces the inflammation. Adding CitriDrops Dietary Supplement introduces antifungal properties is recommend.
- If your allergic sinusitis is severe, it is better to consult a health care professional for treatment. Your treatment may require a steroid-based nasal spray to gain relief.
- Citridrops Nasal Spray is a convenient way to address mold in the sinuses.
- Use HEPA air filters with your HVAC system Air Purifier reduce mold in the circulating air in your home. A quality HEPA canister vacuum is very effective in removing the antigens from surfaces and furniture.
- Burn EC3 Candles in rooms where you spend the majority of your time to decrease airborne mold and mycotoxin counts in the air.
- Bathe or shower immediately after gardening or other outdoor activity to remove pollen and mold spores from the body.
- Keep your body hydrated to keep the mucous membrane and sinuses functioning properly and from drying out and becoming painful. Spray hard surfaces, upholstery and carpets frequently with EC3 Mold Solution Spray. This will eliminate mold spores tracked inside your home, or that come to rest on surfaces and upholstery.
- Keep pets out of the bedroom, because animal hair is also one of the primary causes of allergic sinusitis. You can be tested by a doctor to ascertain whether your pet’s hair/dander is contributing to your condition.
- Wash your clothes and bedding with EC3 Laundry Additive, as regular laundry detergent does not fully remove mold spores and pollen from clothing.
- If your allergy is seasonal keep your windows shut, and use your HVAC system.
- Take the EC3 candles with you when traveling to burn in hotel rooms, where you might be exposed to mold. Hotels are notorious for mold due to the irregular air conditioning, building design, and materials. This will lessen your reaction and susceptibility to sinus issues. The EC3 Mold Spray Traveler is a TSA approved size for air travel, and you can spray on sheets, bedding, rental cars, or carpet to reduce mold exposure.