Summertime Blues: Allergies, Asthma, Bronchitis, Hay Fever

Allergies may occur when your immune system reacts to something that’s usually harmless. It can happen at any age and may have associated symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, and hay fever. Even though your symptoms may appear to begin in the sinuses, nose, or eyes, allergies actually begin with a malfunctioning immune system.

Young woman examining her eyes - inflamed by allergies

Asthma can be an offshoot of allergies when tissue inflammation increases. Some Asthma symptoms are:

  1. Tightness or pressure in the chest
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. Wheezing (a high-pitched whistling sound that usually occurs when exhaling)
  4. Coughing, especially at night

Sinusitis – the swelling and inflammation of sinus tissues resulting in headaches and/or difficulty in breathing.

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  1. Allergies and Asthma – Asthma attacks (worsening of asthma symptoms) can be triggered by allergies. This can temporarily increase the inflammation of the airways in a susceptible person.
  2. Allergies and Sinusitis – Sinusitis is an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses, which can be triggered by allergies. 

What’s the Difference Between Allergies and Hay Fever?

dandelion seeds causing allergies.Hay Fever (also called allergic rhinitis) is a form of allergy. Click here for detailed, useful information about Hay Fever.

Here is an excerpt: ” Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, itching of the nose, and post nasal drip.”

“Allergic rhinitis also influences other diseases. Uncontrolled hay fever symptoms can lead to sinus infections, ear infections and worsening of asthma. And people with allergic rhinitis are more prone to illnesses since the inflammation in the nose makes them more susceptible to the virus that causes the common cold.”


Treatment Hay Fever and Allergy Options

Blond girl with clothespin on her nose because of yellow ragweed pollen allergy.Traditional treatment options for hay fever include avoiding the substance you’re allergic to, injections (available only via an allergist), antihistamines, decongestants, and medications used via inhalers and nasal sprays.


Bronchitis: Inside Your Lungs

When the bronchial tubes that carry air deep into your lungs become inflamed, the inner lining swells and grows thicker, narrowing the breathing passages. These irritated membranes also secrete extra mucus, which coats and sometimes clogs the small airways. Coughing spells are the body’s way of trying to clear out these secretions for easier breathing.


What is a good site for getting information about any health-related symptoms? WebMD has an a-z guide for common topics


Additional Treatment Options for Allergies, Bronchitis, and Hay Fever

Since inflammation is the one factor which is common to most of these symptoms, let’s discuss ways in which to reduce inflammation.

Soothe Itching and Reduce Inflammation Caused by Allergies

  • Cool Water Oatmeal baths or poultice
  • Turmeric as a tea or cold drink, on food, or as a paste
  • Aloe vera cactus gel or lotion
  • ASEA and Renu28 (gel made of ASEA)
  • Ginger drinks (or ginger in honey and lemon like is used for coughs)

aloe vera leaf with list of symptoms it helps soothe Healthy Aloe Vera Cactus to reduce inflammation and symptoms of allergies, bronchitis, and asthmacolorful spices for allergies and asthma

 

 

 

 

 

See also this link about how Allergies Are Affected By Attitudes -Some Answers.

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