Each year about 7% of the population will have trouble breathing due to pollen, dust, animal dander or mold allergies. About 13% of the population will suffer from chronic inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis). If you’re one of those people who get congested in the upper respiratory system, you know the frustration you can feel from not being able to breathe freely through your nose.
Symptoms of allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever, include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itching, coughing, watery or itching eyes and a sore or scratchy throat. The allergic reaction can also be associated with dark circles under the eyes, headaches, skin problems and excessive fatigue. It sometimes affects digestion as well.
Sinusitis can cause thick nasal discharge, postnasal drainage, difficulty breathing through your nose, a reduced sense of taste and smell as well as pain and tenderness around the eyes, nose, cheeks and forehead. It can also contribute to ear pain, coughing, sore throats, bad breath and fatigue.
Many of the treatments offered by modern medicine for these conditions only work on the symptoms, so people with these conditions can suffer for years with only temporary relief. To find permanent relief from these conditions we have to go beyond symptomatic treatments and look more deeply into what causes them.
That’s what we’ll be doing in this month’s Sunshine Sharing hour. We’ll look at how factors like digestive function, liver function, hydration and even emotions contribute to a chronically stuffy head. We’ll also discuss how various herbs, homeopathic remedies and lifestyle changes can offer more lasting relief from these conditions.