Rhinitis, Sinusitis and Allergies
Allergies & Sensitivities
Environmental allergies and sensitivities are a very common occurrence these days among the population. However, they are overwhelmingly more common amongst affluent and well-developed countries.
Typical allergy symptoms
- Runny nose
- Blocked/ Congested nose and sinuses
- Watery/ Itchy eyes
- Itchy skin/ Rashes
- Chest tightness/Wheezing
- Animal dander
- Dust mites
- Sensitivity to many odours
As we come into contact with particular allergens, such as the ones listed above, our immune system usually identifies the proteins of these triggers as harmless. However, someone who has an ‘excitable’ or ‘over-reactive’ immune system will release mast cells to combat these proteins as they are a perceived threat to the body. The release of mast cells then begins to try and fight off this otherwise benign protein and as a result, symptoms of allergies and sensitivities occur.
Just like allergies – allergic-rhinitis is the immune system’s over-reaction of airborne allergens. But the symptoms are localised to the area of the nose and eyes.
Typical allergic-rhinitis symptom
- Blocked/ Congested nose
- Red, itchy and watery eyes
- Swelling and fluid retention around the eyes
The mucus produced as a result of allergies and rhinitis is usually clear in colour
Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses (the hollow area behind the nose). It’s usually caused by an infection, but it can also be due to allergies and environmental factors too
Typical sinusitis symptoms
- Blocked sinuses
- Sinus pressure, headaches, swelling
- Excessive mucus
- Post-nasal drip
Some mucus produced as a result of sinusitis will be a yellow/green colour which indicates an infection.
By learning to breathe through our nose 24/7 and reducing our breathing volume, we normalise levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) which allows the immune system to function normally and to not react disproportionally to these allergens, but instead to correctly identify genuine threats.
Also, by maintaining nasal breathing we harness the power of nitric oxide (NO) – a gas that sterilises the incoming air, before it enters the lungs. Nitric oxide is a potent anti-bacterial substance which makes it an effective first line of defence of the immune system. By utilising nitric oxide by breathing through our nose, we can prevent many of these allergic reactions. The Breathe Buteyko course will help you effectively treat asthma, rhinitis, sinus issues and allergies. Please click for more info about the course.
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