By Alane Stieglitz-Wincek ND, CNC, Atlanta, Ga
We’ve all had it! Sinus Congestion! And especially living in Atlanta, Ga, where the green pollen lives, we deal with it. It begins with a sniffle, and you feel like you’ve become a bobblehead before you realize it! You’re teeth hurt, you may have pain and pressure in your face, inner ear pain, a headache, your sense of smell and taste are far from average, and then there’s the sinus discharge. It all works itself into a storm of assaulting issues and can be overwhelming. This miserable sinus congestion becomes your life’s mission. You have to get rid of it once and for good!
Sinusitis or sinus congestion is inflammation of the air cavities within the nose passages. Sinus infections can be caused by infection, allergies, and chemical or particulate irritation of the sinuses. Knowing what could be causing sinus congestion may be challenging to pinpoint; however, treating early sinus issues may prevent secondary bacterial sinus infections. In other words, the longer mucous sits inside your sinus cavities, the worse it becomes!
The items that could lead to your sinus congestion can be many things. Some are things in your daily environment, a common cold, allergies, food reactions, dust or dander, mold, chemicals, food additives, tissue irritants such as over-the-counter nasal sprays, dehydration, and lack of humidity in the air. Especially in winter months, we turn the heat or maybe build a nice fire in the fireplace inside our homes, and humidity dwindles to almost zero! Whenever I turn on the fireplace, it is no wonder I get sinus congestion and cannot breathe.
When there is a lack of hydration in our mucous secretions, we blow our nose, but it’s unproductive. This lack of moisture creates stagnated mucous, providing the perfect environment for bacteria to grow.
The other thing we have witnessed many times is mold toxicity. Even the nicest of homes and offices can have mold. We have a simple urine test to determine if there is mold illness.
We may not know what could be causing our sinus troubles but finding and addressing them is essential. The symptoms of sinus congestion can be overwhelming and utterly disruptive to our daily routine, and chicken soup is the ONLY good part of a sinus infection.
What to do now.
1) Book your initial appointment so we can get to the bottom of your sinus congestion symptoms. We work in an office in Atlanta, Ga, and virtually too, so we can help you anywhere you are!
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