Problems with sinuses and allergies are never fun.
The congestion and haze can last for weeks but feel never-ending. Unfortunately, medications for sinus allergies might not address all your symptoms.
In fact, the side effects can be even worse than your original symptoms.
Here’s the good news: nature has plenty of solutions for addressing sinus allergies from the inside out.
Seasonal Allergies: Causes and Symptoms
Allergies and sinus infections are two very different conditions.
For individuals with seasonal allergies, it can be difficult to tell if they’ve developed a sinus infection since the symptoms are so similar.
Allergy sufferers living in the United States can expect spring allergies to last from February to June while Fall allergies may begin in August and last until the weather drops below freezing.
What Causes Sinus Allergies?
Allergies are caused by an overactive immune system. Your immune system identifies otherwise harmless substances as dangerous invaders and jumps into defense mode to expel what it thinks are toxins.
Specific allergies are usually hereditary.
Other than that, no one is quite sure what causes allergies. We do know, however, what triggers allergy symptoms:
- Ragweed or grass
- Burning bush
- Smoke from outdoor fires
- Chlorine from swimming pools
Pollen and particles from the substances above waft around in the air. As a result, certain weather conditions can either exasperate or reduce allergy symptoms:
- Changing temperatures: Hot days and cool nights provide a perfect environment for increased pollen production.
- Hight heat and humidity: Mold craves warm and wet environments.
- Rain: Water can wash away pollen, but it can also cause pollen levels to skyrocket after the clouds clear up.
- Wind: No wind means pollen stays-put while lots of wind increases pollen levels in the air.
Allergies vary from person to person. Mold might cause horrible allergy symptoms in one person but leave another sufferer totally unaffected. Still, others might experience symptoms after exposure to all sources above.
Sinus Allergy Symptoms
People experience seasonal allergies in different ways. Some may only have minor congestion while others suffer from all the symptoms.
Common symptoms include:
- Nasal congestion and runny nose
- Loss of smell and taste
- Watery, puffy, or itchy eyes
- Wheezing, coughing, or trouble breathing
- Itchy throat
Sinus Infections: Causes and Symptoms
Your sinuses are made up of 8 interconnected cavities: two in the forehead, two behind each cheekbone, two within each eye bone, and two behind each eye.
When sinuses are healthy, they’re filled with air. When viruses and germs enter the picture, this leads to excess fluids and inflammation which can cause the following symptoms:
- Pressure and pain in the face
- Runny nose
- Loss of smell
- Congestion or a runny nose
- Dental pain
- Green nasal discharge
- Sinusitis headache
- Bad breath
Lots of environmental contaminants like viruses or bacteria can cause sinus infections. Nasal polyps and immune deficiencies may also trigger these infections.
Infection of the Sinuses or Allergies: What’s the Difference?
As you can see, infections of the sinuses and allergies share a lot of common symptoms. It can be hard to tell them apart, especially if you already suffer from severe seasonal allergies.
It’s important to know whether you’re experiencing seasonal allergies or sinus infection so you can seek out proper treatment.
In general, sinus infections usually don’t cause itchy eyes. On the other hand, allergies usually don’t trigger your body temperature to rise. If you have a fever, it’s probably a sinus infection. And if you have a green discharge or whole-body pain, it could be sinus infection instead of allergies.
The only way to tell for sure is to visit a doctor for a proper test.
Natural Remedies for Sinus Allergies
If you suffer from sinus allergies, it’s important to consume foods that promote healthy immune system balance. Everything you consume either helps or hurts your immune system which can either reduce or increase your allergy symptoms.
Foods to avoid:
- Processed dairy like cheese and milk
- Artificial sweeteners
- Bottled juice
- Processed food
- High sugar foods
Foods to consume:
- Raw, local honey (make sure you aren’t allergic to bees)
- Hot peppers
- Bone broth for respiratory health
- Probiotics and fermented foods
- Apple cider vinegar
- Antioxidant-rich green veggies like kale
Always make sure to talk to a doctor if you’re experiencing any new or lengthy symptoms such as a chronic sinusitis headache. Talk to your doctor about your allergy triggers before beginning a new diet or any natural supplements to avoid possible interactions.
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