Sinus Allergies are all too common and often preventable. All the following are signs of an allergy attack: A runny nose, excessive sneezing, excess coughing, sore throat, an itchy nose, watery eyes, loss of taste and smell.
If you know you have a sinus allergy, the next two questions to answers are:
What is a Sinus Allery?
What can you do about it?
What is an allergy?
An allergy is when the body reacts abnormally when it comes in contact with an allergen. The allergen can enter the body through various ways, such as indigestion, inhalation, skin contact or injection. A sinus allergy is often provoked by inhalation of pollen, dust or other airborne particles. Often, the particles would be stopped from entering the lungs by mucus lining the trachea and bronchial tubes. However, in the case of a person prone to allergy attacks, this defence mechanism does not work and will lead to an inflammation of the sinus.
What can you do about it?
This ailment is not 100% curable. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of treatments available in the market, both over the counter and prescribed, and also both medicinal and herbal. Common sense dictates that you seek the advice of your doctor before starting on a medicinal regime and it would be advisable to conduct a drug allergy test to ensure you (or your loved ones) are not allergic to certain types of drugs!
Your choices when it comes to medicine depend on what works for you. For relief of mild allergy symptoms, over-the-counter medicine would suffice. However choosing an over-the-counter medicine may be overwhelming for a first-timer due to the variety of medicines that can be found on the pharmacy shelves. As always, in the case of self-medication, it is better to get the advice of your doctor or the pharmacist first.
At the doctor’s office, you will find relief in the form of allergy shots, nasal steroids (in the form of inhalants) and prescribed medicines. Prescribed medicines come in the form of antihistamines, corticosteroids and decongestants. With such an array of treatments available, how will your doctor know what to prescribe? A detailed discussion on your medical background and family history of allergies plus a medical examination (either skin tests or blood tests, or both) will help your doctor to figure things out.
There are combination of medicines that combine an antihistamine and a decongestant to combat multiple symptoms. Common over-the-counter combination medicines include Benadryl Allergy and Sinus and Zyrtec. Prescribed combination medicines can also be found at the pharmacy. Examples of these are Zyrtec-D, Patanol and Claritin-D.
Another treatment method for sinus allergy would be by nasal irrigation. This method has been recommended by doctors as more of a preventive measure to thwart sinus infection and allergies. Nasal irrigation is a simple procedure to clear the nasal passages. It is also used in alternative medicine by the health conscious in the form of Jalaneti, an ancient yogic cleansing technique.
A change in your environment can also prove effective in reducing allergy attacks. Having your home and workplace installed with an air purifier will lead to cleaner air and thus better health. When shopping for an air purifier, look around for the type that suits your needs, it would be best to think of it as an investment for your health and the health of your family.
There are many ways to treat sinus allergies; the above is only a general guide in the types of treatment available. While taking into account the cleanliness of one’s home and workplace, one’s diet and personal hygiene habits, choosing a suitable treatment, or combination of treatments, will allow a sufferer of sinus allergies to lead a normal and comfortable life.