What is hay fever and sinusitis?

Allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever, is an allergic disorder.

It is characterised by itchy eyes and/or a runny nose after encountering environmental allergens such as pollen and dust.

In contrast, sinusitis affects your paranasal sinuses.

There are spaces under your face that lead to your nasal cavity. They hold mucus that clears your nasal passages, traps dirt and keeps the area moist. When your sinuses are blocked it can lead to infection.

What are the symptoms of hay fever and sinusitis?

Hay fever

  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose, mouth, throat or eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Congested ears

Sinusitis

  • Pain or tenderness in the face
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Swollen face
  • Discoloured nasal mucus

What causes hay fever and sinusitis?

Hay fever is triggered when an environmental allergen enters your system such as dirt, pollen, dust or hair. Your body views the allergen as an intruder and releases antibodies such as histamine and leukotrienes to attack it. This flood of antibodies inflames your nasal passages, throat and eyes.

Sinusitis is typically caused by a bacterial infection in your paranasal sinuses. Bacteria can easily grow when there is a buildup of mucus or swelling of the sinuses and nose. This congestion may have been caused by hay fever, food intolerances, colds or an allergen.

What is the treatment for hay fever and sinusitis?

Hayfever

PharmaceuticalpOur naturopaths can rescriptionsprescribe natural medication thatwill help relieve symptoms before going on to  butnotaddress the underlying cause. Hay fever itself is a healthy reaction that lets us know there is an underlying issue. Our naturopath will help determine the cause of your symptoms. However, they will not just focus on the hay fever alone but instead on your entire body to put it back in balance so that it is able to naturally relieve the symptoms. 

Sinusitis

Our naturopath will work in harmony with your body to help boost your immune response. They will identify what may be triggering the mucus build up and treat it through lifestyle, diet, vitamins and herbs. This combination willshouldrelieve the congestion and facial pain you may have been experiencing. In addition, it will detoxify your body and provide it with the essential nutrients to ensure it is able to fight off any bacterial infection in the future.

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