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How to Prep for Allergy Season
Spring Allergies begin earlier than you might expect, with milder winter temperatures causing plants to pollinate as early as February in much of the US. The severity and time frame for allergy season is different across the country, and other factors can extend symptoms into early fall, but there are still some things you can do to prepare yourself for allergy season.
Why Do I Keep Getting Sinus Infections?
Do you keep getting sinus infections over and over again? You’re not alone. Many people suffer from what seems like a cold or allergy attack that just wouldn’t go away. While these symptoms may seem like allergies or a cold, it is very likely that the root cause is actually sinusitis. Sinusitis is one of the most common health conditions in the US - over 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis each year, and even that number does not include the countless cases in which people suffering from these symptoms never seek proper medical help. In many instances, people will experience frequent sinusitis with symptoms lasting up to three months or more. If this sounds like what you are experiencing, you may be suffering from chronic sinus infections, or chronic sinusitis. Let’s explore why this happens and how you can get relief.
Common ENT issues in the Fall
There is a lot to like about autumn. The cooler weather, changing leaves, and many holidays make it a particularly fun and festive time of year. However, the change in the weather can also mean new challenges and illnesses for your ears, nose and throat. While many of these issues are more prevalent for children, there are plenty of ENT problems to go around for every age group. Here are some of the things to look out for during the fall:
Back to School Health Tips
Can you believe it's already time for most kids to head back to school? With this exciting (for the parents, at least) transition comes a whole host of new changes not only in terms of scheduling and environment, but also the germs and illnesses that children are exposed to. With that said, there are some things you can do preventatively to help keep your family healthy this school year.
3 Ways to Beat Fall Allergies
Autumn doesn't officially start until September 22, which is coming up faster than you think. Schools are starting back so eary that it's hard not to go ahead and make the "seasonal switch" in our minds. With that said, it's certainly not too early to start talking about Fall Allergies and how to prevent them.
3 Reasons to Get Allergy Tested NOW
Did you know that fifty million Americans suffer from allergies every year, according to the CDC? Additionally, as a country, we spend more than $18 billion on allergy treatments. If you've been thinking about getting tested for allergies, here's why now is a great time to check this off of your "to do" list.
Do I Have a Cold or Allergies?
Now that the seasons are finally thinking about changing - although, here in Georgia we may have highs in the 70's through Christmas - we're already seeing several instances of everyone's favorite game of self-diagnosis: Is It a Cold or Allergies? The symptoms can be very similar, but the root causes are very different. Knowing the difference in the two can help you to get the right treatment and feel better sooner.
What Causes Nasal Congestion?
Whether it is temporary or persistent, a stuffy nose is always a drag. What are the causes of nasal congestion? Read on to find out. You would think that breathing through your nose would be easy. But this is not always the case. And for those congested among us, not many problems are as annoying and disruptive as nasal blockage.
Breathing right can boost your immune system
Did you know there are ways to improve your health and bolster your immune system through proper, mindful breathing? The action of the immune system in defending the body from disease is a recent discovery. While ancient practitioners in Greece noticed the actions of immunity from disease, even earlier, yogis evolved ways to influence health and immunity through proper, mindful breathing.
Are my breathing habits hurting my health?
Look around at your fellow humans and you’re likely to observe that an impressive percentage of the population breathes incorrectly. Some of the most common features of inadequate breathing are taking shallow breaths; making audible sound while breathing, even at rest; and drawing breath with the muscles of the upper chest instead of using the diaphragm. Worst of all, and maybe the most common, is the habit of mouth breathing.
The congested breather’s guide to Septum, Turbinates and Nasal Valve
What parts of your nose get stuffed up, why, and what to do. It’s more than just annoying and inconvenient when you can’t breathe properly through your nose. Medical experts, athletic trainers and yogis all agree that nose breathing is beneficial.
How to Thrive in Pollen Season
It's hard not to notice that we're deep into pollen season, with the fine layer of yellow covering everything left outdoors and the coughing, sneezing, and runny noses of those suffering from Seasonal Allergies. An estimated 36 million Americans deal with some form of Seasonal Allergies, and with hundreds of medications, home remedies, and other products available on the market all claiming to help rid you of your allergy symptoms, it's hard to know where to start or what would even work for you.
Summer Allergy Season? It's real!
Here in Georgia, we're deep into the sticky heat of summer. So, why are you still experiencing some of the symptoms associated with spring and fall allergy seasons? Believe it or not, there are seasonal allergies associated with the summertime as well. Let's take a quick look at what causes environmental and seasonal summer allergy symptoms.
It's just Allergies... or is it?
What's causing your stuffy nose? It's not uncommon for most people to say "It's just allergies" without understanding what that actually means. There is a lot of confusion about the difference between allergies and sinusitis (sinus infections), and while there is some overlap in symptoms, these are two different conditions and treatment can be very different for each.
How to Deal With Fall Allergies
It's hard to believe, but Fall is almost officially here. With school schedules being what they are and the resurgence of pumpkin spice-flavored everything, many of us have mentally made the "seasonal switch" already. If you suffer from seasonal allergies during the cooler months, it's good to go ahead and start talking about Fall Allergies and how to prevent them.
Top 3 Reasons to Get Allergy Tested This Fall
Nationally, we spend more than $18 billion on allergy treatments and millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies every year. If you deal with allergy symptoms, it's a good idea to have allergy testing done.
Exercising with Allergies
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, the prospect of exercising outdoors can present some interesting challenges. For some, getting out in the "fresh air" actually creates more problems than it solves in terms of allergy symptoms. Luckilly, there are some things you can do to lessen or even avoid triggering allergy symptoms while getting active in the great outdoors.
Clear Your Head this Fall... Rinse Out Your Nasal Passages!
This time of year, it seems like everyone is dealing with some form of sinus infection, cold, or seasonal allergies. So, what better time than now to repost Dr. Alex Ashford's demonstration of a saltwater Nasal Irrigation technique for keeping your sinuses clear.
4 Mind (or Nose) Blowing Sneezing Facts
Everyone sneezes. Some people sneeze more loudly or forcefully than others, but it's something that everybody does. In a way, it's one of the few things that we all have in common. While sneezing is common to everyone on Earth, there are some really interesting things about sneezes and sneezing that most people don't realize.
Everything You Need to Know about Winter Allergies
Yes, Virginia, there are Winter Allergens. Even though we're no longer tracking the pollen count, there are still a number of allergens lurking about, waiting to stir up your allergy symptoms. For many Americans, it's always allergy season, even when the most common culprits are dormant for the winter. Here's what you need to know about allergies in the Winter...
Allergies and Nosebleeds
If you regularly struggle with allergy symptoms, you may notice that your nose bleeds. This may occur only occasionally, or it might be a frequent issue. The good news is that this is common among people who deal with allergies and while they are certainly a nuisance, they are rarely life-threatening. Let's dive a little deeper into what casues them.
The How's and Why's of Nasal Congestion
Now that the holidays have come and gone and life starts to drift back to normal, many of us start to wonder the same thing - "where did this nasal congestion come from?" This kind of congestion in incredibly common this time of year, and it can be an annoying and disruptive hinderance in our lives. Here's what causes nasal congestion and how it's treated...
10 Tips for Staying Healthy in Winter
It can be disheartening to start January with so much motivation and enthusiasm only to be hit with a nasty cold that takes weeks to fully get over. While there is no way to guarantee that you completely avoid illness during the winter months, there are some practical things you can do to help you stay healthy this time of year.
Get Ready for Allergy Season Now
We should start talking about allergy season. Yes, it's still cold outside (for Georgia) and the grass is still mostly brown, but preparing yourself and your home for allergy season now can help you manage the severity of your allergy symptoms once everything is in full bloom. Here are three things you should do now to get ready for Spring Allergy Season...
How to Deal with Indoor Allergies
Most people who suffer from seasonal allergies are happy to see the brown grass and bare trees, as that means that the traditional triggers for allergy symptoms have gone dormant until spring. Unfortunately, the cold months aren't allergy symptom-free for everyone, as the allergy triggers for many people don't stop at the door to your home.
Here Comes Pollen Season
Brace yourselves, pollen is coming. If you struggle with Seasonal Allergies, this is probably not your favorite time of year. While it is getting warmer outside and the days are brighter and longer, the downside for those suffering from Spring Allergies is that all of the new, beautiful growth also brings sneezing, coughing, and congestion. So, what should you know about Pollen and Allergy Season?
Hand Washing 101
Everyone wants to stay healthy, especially at times when there is a lot of illness going around. So, how can you protect yourself when it seems like everyone around you is getting sick? While there is no way to fully guarantee you will avoid any and all sickness, one of the most effective ways to prevent illness for you and your family is actually very simple - wash your hands.
Is it "Just Allergies?" Know the Difference.
"It's just my allergies." That's what many people tell themselves, and others, any time they experience a sore throat or runny nose. With Spring in full bloom and pollen covering everything, it's entirely possible that what many of us are experiencing are allergy symptoms. With that said, it's important now more than ever to know the difference between allergy symptoms and those of a cold or other respiratory issues. The symptoms can be very similar, but the root causes are very different. Knowing the difference between the two can help you to get the right treatment and feel better sooner.
What's Making You Sneeze This Spring?
Just when you thought it was safe to step outside, the Spring Allergy Season comes raging back. Whether you have the slightest bit of a runny nose after a long walk or can't go to the mailbox without feeling like you have a full-blown sinus infection, you're one the millions of Americans who suffer from Spring Allergies every year. But what's causing these symptoms, and where does that yellow haze come from? Let's take a look at the common culprits of your spring allergy symptoms.
How to enjoy the outdoors during spring when you suffer from seasonal allergies
How to Keep the Pollen Outside
Here in Georgia, Spring Allergy Season tends to start early and can linger into the summer. If you suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms, this means a long, dry spring and summer can be brutal. We've covered what this means for spending time outside, so let's explore what an effective plan for keeping pollen and other outdoor allergens where they belong (outside), and out of your home.
Can I Experience Allergy Symptoms in Summer?
The short answer is yes, you can experience allergy symptoms in the summer. Between springtime pollen and other allergens lingering into the summer season and the grass-based pollens that pop up during the hot season, there are a number of substances capable of triggering your allergy seasons deep into summer. Here's a quick rundown of what can cause your allergies to flare up in the summertime.
Why Do My Throat and Ears Hurt?
Experiencing shart pains in the throat and/or ears can be incredibly unpleasant, and very concerning if it persists. While the most common cause of a sore throat is the common cold, there can be other underlying causes. In most cases, a sore throat will subside in a few days. If it doesn't, it's probably time to consult your doctor or even see your ENT.
How can I Exercise with Seasonal Allergies?
If you struggle with seasonal allergies, it can be difficult to maintain an active lifestyle outdoors when being outdoors seems to trigger your symptoms. After all, getting outside and being active is supposed to help you feel better, not worse. Fret not, there are some things you can do to make the great outdoors less aggravating while allergy triggers lurk at every turn. Let's take a look at some specific steps you can take to keep your allergy symptoms in check while you exercise.
Sinus Issues: 3 Sneaky Suspects
When your nose gets stuffy and you feel that familiar sinus pressure in your head, the first causes we typically look to are the familiar culprits: pollen, dust, and mold. While these "big three" are very often the offenders in causing your sinusitis, there are certainly other everyday substances that can cause or contribute to your sinus symptoms. Let's take a quick look at some of these everyday culprits and how to avoid them.
Pets and Allergies
They're adorable, we love them, they're part of the family. It's true that our pets add so much to our quality of life, but as with anything else, there are also plenty of downsides that come with pet ownership. One particular area of confusion when it comes to pet ownership complications is how they contribute to our allergy symptoms. It's true that pets can be a source of irritation when it comes to your allergies, but not in the way that most people think.
Stress and Your Allergies
Stress is something we all experience, but it's become an increasing issue for millions of people. There seems to be an ongoing list of things to be stressed about, from everyday work and life to current events, and there are hundreds of books, podcasts, products, and other resources dedicated to helping people handle their stress. It's an increasingly common issue that can impact your overall health in numerous ways, and your allergy symptoms are certainly part of that list. Let's explore how stress impacts allergy symptoms and what can be done about it.
What's Causing My Sinus Headaches?
Sinus headaches are awful. Those who have them regularly know that they can ruin your day and bring your productivity to a grinding halt. Often mistaken for migraines, sinus headaches are more often associated with sinus infections, facial pain, discolored mucus, and even fever. So, what causes them, and what can be done to treat them? Let's find out.
Allergies and Dizziness
Seasonal and environmental allergies can do some strange things to your body. In addition to all of the other unpleasant symptoms and issues caused by allergies - itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, wheezing, coughing, etc. - you can add dizziness to the list. If dizziness also accompanies your allergy symptoms, there may be a connection. How is that possible? Let's take a look.
Heat, Humidity, and Sinus Infections
It's August in Georgia, which means it's almost guaranteed to be hot and humid most of the time. While that's sure to make being outside uncomfortable for everyone, that's especially true for those of us who deal with sinusitis and other sinus issues. It turns out that the extreme summer heat can have an adverse effect on your sinuses, making you more susceptible to sinus infections or your lingering sinus infections worse.
Can Allergies Make You Tired?
We all know someone who blames every little symptom they experience on their allergies, but it turns out they may be on to something in many cases. The symptoms of seasonal and environmental allergies are fairly common knowledge these days - congestion, sneezing, sinus headaches, nasal swelling, etc. - but a lesser-known symptom is fatigue. If you suffer from seasonal or chronic allergies, they could be making you feel tired. How and why does this happen?
Is That My Nose Whistling?
Some of us are more musically inclined than others but rarely does musical talent apply to our noses. Everyone experiences some "nose whistling" at some point or another, but persistent musicality from your nose may be due to an underlying issue. Nose whistling usually clears up on its own and is normally not a serious condition, but if your nose just won't stay quiet, you might need to see a doctor. So, why do our noses whistle and how do we get rid of it? Let's find out...
How To Tame Your Fall Allergies
It's official, Fall has arrived. Here in Georgia, that means enjoying the seasonal sights and flavors in shorts and T-shirts while we have mostly highs in the 80's until December. The change in temperature may occur slowly, but the Fall Allergy Triggers don't exactly work on the same schedule. Yes, Fall Allergies are very real and affect millions of Americans every year. For many of us, Fall Allergy Season started weeks ago with the first appearances of ragweed. With that in mind, here are our recommendations for how to deal with your allergies this Fall...
Is Mold Causing my Allergy Symptoms?
Some allergens are obvious, Spring Pollen and Fall Ragweed are easy to see and are certainly responsible for the allergy symptoms of millions of people. Other allergy triggers are just as common, but far less visible. Substances like mold and dust are huge contributors to allergy symptoms that lurk in different places than their plant-based counterparts. Mold, especially, is tricky to spot and just as likely to cause your symptoms - especially in the Fall and Winter months. You just have to know where to look.
Soothing Itchy Ears and Throats
As with most upper respiratory issues, itching in the ears and throat is primarily caused by irritation. That irritation can lead to interrelated sinus issues like congestion and postnasal drip. Causes of the irritation can range from environmental to mild illnesses. Let's take a look at what causes these issues and how to soothe them.
Morning Sinus Headache?
If you’ve ever woken up with a sinus headache first thing in the morning, you’re not alone. The pressure and overall discomfort is not the way you want to start your day, but there are some simple remedies that you can try. First, let’s talk about some of the possible causes of your headache.
Can You Have Allergies in the Winter?
When you think of allergies, winter isn’t usually the season that springs to mind. Sure, there isn’t pollen to deal with so outdoor allergies aren’t an issue. However, indoor allergens are another issue entirely and people tend to spend more time indoors during the winter months.
Are Sinus Infections Contagious?
You wake up with a headache, sinus pressure, coughing, a sore throat, and you’re exhausted. Is it a sinus infection? Maybe you have an important appointment, but are you contagious? These are all questions likely going through your mind as you try to determine the best course of action so you can get better and keep those around you from getting sick.
Can Sudden Weather Changes impact Your Sinuses?
Does it seem like you experience sinus pain when the weather changes? Sudden changes can trigger chronic nasal congestion, sinus infections, headaches, and intense seasonal allergies. This is not uncommon, but there are things that you can do to find relief. Let's take a look at what causes these symptoms and what you can do to counteract them.
How To Deal With Sinus Symptoms Caused by Pet Allergies
For many of us, pets are family members. They bring joy, companionship, and comfort to our lives, so why wouldn’t we want to keep them inside where it’s comfortable? Sometimes though, their presence can trigger allergies leading to sinus issues. If you suspect that your precious pet is causing your sinus symptoms, there are steps you can take to create a better situation for everyone involved.
How to Plan Ahead for Spring Allergy Season
Spring is right around the corner and with it comes spring allergies. All of the foliage is certainly beautiful but it’s also the cause of increased pollen counts. Instead of enjoying spring, many dread it. If that is your experience, there are ways that you can plan ahead for the spring allergy season!
The Relationship Between Allergies and Fatigue
When you’re suffering from seasonal or chronic allergies, the primary symptoms that you probably tend to focus on are usually itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and congestion. The usual culprits. To a lesser degree though, fatigue is also a symptom. Here are some reasons why fatigue can occur with your allergy symptoms.
Practical Tips for Allergy Season
It’s allergy season, and even if you don’t suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms like itchy, watery eyes or sneezing you might still find the pollen to be otherwise irritating. If you do suffer from those symptoms or any of the others, here are some tips to help you get through the yellow haze of spring allergy season.
Beyond the Pollen Count: Other Common Allergy Culprits
You know the drill - spring rolls around, and talk of seasonal allergies references pollen. A LOT of pollen. Is it possible though that those season allergies might be caused by something OTHER than pollen? The short answer to that question is yes.
Tips for Spending Time Outside for People with Allergies
Even if seasonal allergies leave you feeling miserable, you probably still want to be outside enjoying the beautiful weather. Who wants to be shut inside all day? Well, there are some tips that can help you enjoy the outdoors even if you suffer from seasonal allergies.
Summer Allergy Survival Guide
Allergies can happen at any time during the year, and summer is no exception. You don’t need to suffer though! Here are some tips to help you through summer allergies. What are some of the culprits? Early summer is a peak time for grass pollen, which many people are allergic to. Molds and dust can also trigger allergies, and those tend to be bigger problems indoors.
Do I have Allergies, a Sinus Infection, or a Summer Cold?
It could be a stuffy feeling, congestion, or even a sneeze that triggers that first question... “Am I sick, or are these allergies?” It’s certainly not unreasonable to wonder - so many symptoms can overlap when it comes to allergies and illnesses. How can you tell these conditions apart? Most of the time, you can probably go through your symptoms and rule out one or the other.
What Kind of Cough Do I Have?
At times, it might feel like a cough is a cause for alarm. Coughing is one of your body’s ways of clearing irritants, so a cough could just mean that you inhaled some dust or other irritant. It’s a defensive reflex after all! Coughing can also be a symptom of illness or allergies, so it’s helpful to recognize when the cough is just a cough and when it’s an indicator of something else.
What's the Difference? Sinusitis vs. Rhinitis
Sinusitis and rhinitis - they both sound similar, so what’s the difference? Is it even that important to know? Knowing the difference can be helpful, especially when it comes to healthcare. Here’s how to know one from the other, and what they both mean when it comes to your sinuses.
Fall Allergy Guide 2021
It's the season of pumpkin spice, vibrant leaf colors, and . . . ragweed. Fall allergies are typically uncomfortable for people with ragweed allergies, and if you think that they seem to get a little worse each year, you might be right. Over the last few years, studies have shown that allergy season has been lengthening.
Can Your Pet Sleep In Your Bed if You Have Allergies?
Even if you have allergies related to your pets, they more than likely sleep in the same room that you do. You might even share your bed with them. So the question might not be whether they, but if they do. For many of us, pets are family after all.
Sinus Headache Help
Sinus headaches are no fun. When your sinuses become blocked, one of the uncomfortable side effects is a sinus headache. The pressure is usually felt around your eyes, between your eyes, and above your nose. To get rid of a sinus headache, you’ll need to address whatever is causing the blockage in your sinuses, and that could require a trip to see your ENT. In the meantime though, there are ways that you can treat the pain and soothe those painful sinuses.
Am I Allergic to this Christmas Tree? The Wonderful World of Winter Allergies
It’s the most wonderful time of the year - sparkling lights, festive decorations, and beautiful Christmas trees almost everywhere you go. So why does it seem like you might have a cold? It's not allergy season after all . . . or is it?