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12/Aug/2019

 

Many people suffer from seasonal allergies, while others may suffer all year round.  There are ways to keep allergies in check. There are allergy shots, over-the-counter medication, and the doctor can prescribe medicine.  Despite a plethora of options, most people still suffer despite all the proactive measures. Unfortunately, they have to get through the sneezing, watery eyes, headaches, coughing, and wheezing.  There is another common symptom. However, it is common; it can feel debilitating.  It is fatigue.

Fatigue

Everyone gets tired from daily life.  If you are an allergy sufferer, you may notice you feel more tired than usual. Maybe you chalk it up to being apart of allergies or another unrelated symptom that you accept as part of a symptom.  Fatigue can be a sign of many things going on; however, if you suffer from allergies, the likelihood of your fatigue increase is probable in correlation with allergies, What causes fatigue in association from allergies?

Histamine

Your adrenal glands though small and sit right above your kidneys play a significant role in your health and wellbeing.  They produce cortisol in response to daily stresses and anything foreign that enters the body.  They also respond to histamine overload.  Pollen, dust, mold, and even food allergies can prompt mast cells to release histamine into the body.  The histamine increases blood flow, and inflammation to the area affected, such as nasal passages, eyes, and skin.  When the body is inflamed, the adrenal glands increase cortisol in the body, along with the endocrine system.

Cortisol

It sounds complicated; however,  these reactions, your body goes through to protect you.  After long periods of elevated cortisol, the adrenal glands will continue to produce the cortisol until they give out.  Once this happens, a person will notice a multitude of other symptoms.  You will feel much more tired when allergies are elevated.  You will also be more susceptible to other illnesses because your body’s immune system is compromised.  Those who suffer may find they get sick more often with other ailments such as the common cold, inability to fight off infections and it may seem they catch anything.

 Be Proactive

To protect your overall health if you are an allergy suffer is don’t wait to treat the symptoms.  Look for ways to reduce the body’s response to the allergens.  This can be done by visiting your E.N.T.  Your doctor can order an allergy test to find out what you are allergic to.  Depending on your allergies, you may need shots and prescription medication.  Schedule an appointment today and in the meantime, eat a healthy diet of low inflammation foods.  Doing so will keep you proactive in fighting your allergies and protecting your overall health.   Increase foods high in vitamin C and choose leafy greens over high inflammation foods such as fried and sugary foods.


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05/Aug/2019

 

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that closes the airways at night. There are three forms of the disease: Obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, or mixed sleep Apnea. Not all symptoms involve snoring; However, this is the most obvious.  When the collapsible airway where the tongue and upper throat connect with the palate with obstruction is when snoring is audible.  Large tonsils, adenoids, and extensive throat tissue are contributing factors and having a cold or sinus infection can cause temporary snoring.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

There are some symptoms to look for if you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea.  We all experience fatigue; However, if it lingers on for several weeks when there is no other apparent reason you are tired, you may suffer from sleep apnea.  If you are struggling with short-term memory loss, that is a sign of not getting a restful night’s sleep from the interruptions in breathing.  Your dentist can even tell if you may have it just by looking at your teeth.

If after seeing your doctor and they identify you may suffer from sleep apnea, the great news is that this is a treatable condition.  One option regularly used as a surgery alternative is the CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure.  This machine comes with a mask that sleep apnea sufferers use at night.  Another method is through a mouthpiece worn at night for those who cannot withstand the CPAP. Sleep position therapy is another method of using a device worn at night during sleep to keep your body positioned on your side versus lying on your back.

 

Talk to Your ENT

Allergy and sinus sufferers are among the candidates for those who may have sleep apnea.  If you exhibit the symptoms combined with allergies, contact your ENT.  Here are some questions to ask your ENT and/or sleep doctor.

  • Ask about referrals to a sleep study.
  • If they diagnose you, find out which type of sleep apnea it is.
  • Ask for a copy of your sleep study report once they complete it.
  • Ask if you can choose your CPAP supplier if they prescribe one.
  • Find out about general care of your CPAP machine.

 

Surgery

If you have narrowed down that you will have to have surgery, there are different surgeries than can be completed by stages depending on your unique situation.

·         Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

·         Septoplasty and Turbinate Reduction

·         Genioglossus Advancement

·         Hyoid Suspension

·         Midline glossectomy and lingualplasty

·         Maxillomandibular osteotomy (MMO) and advancement (MMA)

·         Palatal implants

·         Laser-assisted uvuloplasty (LAUP)

 

Narrowing down the possibilities can begin with just an appointment with your health care provider.  With the sleep apnea treatment options, your doctor can discuss and help you determine the best approach for you.  Don’t suffer in silence; If you feel you have symptoms of sleep apnea, it is essential to see your doctor.   Making an appointment today can mean the difference tomorrow.


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29/Jul/2019

50 million people suffer from allergies each year in the United States, according to the College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.  Managing allergies is not a small task, and to do a great job requires being proactive versus reactive once an allergy triggers a reaction.  Here are five tips in surviving allergies.

Know Your Symptoms

To remain proactive, you first have to identify what triggers your allergies.  The range can be significant depending on the severity; However, it is important not to dismiss some of these symptoms as ‘the sniffles.’

  • Runny Nose
  • Itchy Eyes
  • Sore Throat
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Skin Rash

Keep Allergens Outside

The first step is to keep allergens outside your home.  Walking to your mailbox or walking the dog is a sure way for those annoying allergens to sneak right into your house.  They attach to your hair and get into your pet’s fur.  So, if you have to be outside for any length of time, make sure you wash your face and change your clothes immediately and when time permits, shower and wash your hair.   Wipe your pet down before you go inside the house.

Make Your Home a Sanctuary

We all want comfort in our homes.  Relax, read, or enjoy a great show and spend time with family.  That is hard to do if you feel lousy.  There are things that you can do inside your home to keep your allergen defense up.  Refrain from using a ceiling fan, especially at night when you are sleeping.  Clean your blinds and avoid hanging curtains for window coverings.  If you love carpet, you may have to admire it somewhere other than your home.  Carpet traps dust, mites, and allergens, and no matter how often you vacuum, it is impossible to rid your carpet of allergens 100 percent.

Antihistamines

It is best practice to take your antihistamines weeks before the allergy season begins.  Depending on where you live, and your unique allergies will be the factors you need to consider when deciding when to start and which medications are best for you.  Sites you can check when and what is pollinating in your local area.  If over-the-counter medications aren’t helping, it is essential to check in with your doctor to find if a prescription would be better.

Medicine for Your Nose

There is a lot to choose from for nose sprays to curtail the allergens getting into your nasal lining that creates inflammation.  If your sinuses are suffering, there are sprays that help.  The best ones contain AstelinAstepro, and Patanase.  These will help with congestion and are less likely to cause drowsiness.  The medications that have these ingredients are by prescription only, so you will need to contact your doctor for an appointment.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C gets a lot of attention for its benefits.  This can’t be over-emphasized for allergies.  Vitamin C helps your adrenal glands by fighting the inflammation caused by histamine in the body.  Make sure you are taking your multivitamin and take an additional vitamin C supplement.

 


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