How Do You Know If It’s A Cold Or Sinuses?
For many people, the two most vibrant and colorful seasons, spring and fall, also bring a myriad of symptoms. Congestion, fatigue, sore throats, clogged ears, irritability and even coughing are constant companions.
But do these symptoms stem from a cold or allergies or a chronic sinus infection? Some basic understanding of the difference between the two and a trip to the doctor can often point to the right culprit and its proper remedy for relief.
Colds, allergies and sinus infections all have similar symptoms, as detailed above. However, there are certain diagnosis specific symptoms for each. For example, the common cold is often characterized by aches, runny nose, itchy throat and watery eyes and a low grade fever.
Seasonal or environmental allergies will have these symptoms as well, but without the fever. A sinus infection will also share these symptoms along with tenderness around the eyes, nose, jaw and even in the teeth and sufferers may report thick yellow-green mucus and drainage down the throat. For those experiencing symptoms that are more in line with those of a sinus infection, reaching out to a trusted medical professional or family doctor is in order.
These infections may be acute, or temporary, often the result of a cold, and treated relatively quickly as prescribed a medical professional. For some, the infections seem to linger, symptoms don’t resolve or improve and if they last longer than 12 weeks, the doctor may make a diagnosis of a chronic sinus infection.
The possible causes of a chronic sinus infection may range from polyps in the sinus or nasal cavities, a deviated septum, allergies, respiratory infections or other medical conditions. When seeking the advice and treatment from a trusted medical professional, it is important to remember to treat not just the infections, but whatever may be causing the chronic sinus infection. Along with treating the infection and its cause, often the doctor will review options to provide relief from the various sinus symptoms until the infection is cleared.
Typically the most common relief suggestions are to help alleviate the pressure, reducing congestion during sleep and to protect the nasal passages and cavities. Treatment and relief protocols may include antibiotics, over the counter medication, home remedies, immunotherapy, or biopuncture.
Are You Suffering From A Chronic Sinus Infection?
Sufferers of chronic sinus infections may find that it takes a bit of time and treatment options before finding the ideal course of action to address both the infection and the underlying cause.
Many doctors and patients find a combination of treatments is the most effective route. Understanding the cause of the chronic infections also helps to create a treatment plan that quickly reduces the pain and remedies the infection.
When dealing with chronic sinusitis, a holistic approach is often best for diagnosis and treatment. For those who believe that the cough, congestion or sinus pressure that won’t go away is in fact a chronic infection, it is important to seek the care of a trusted medical professional.
Likewise, if over the counter medications are not helping and have been taken past the recommended time frame, call a doctor immediately. Remember to address any and all suspected related symptoms to ensure a holistic approach to treatment and lifestyle recommendations.
The Homeopathy Approach
The fact is, that if you want to improve your immune system, you need to start on a life journey of transformation. After all, if you currently have allergies, your life up to now hasn’t served you very well, has it?
OK, let’s look at some of the things you need to do in order to improve your immune system. But, by far the biggest impact you can have on your overall health is the way you think.
Thinking in a negative way, blaming others, feeling powerless, feeling angry a lot of the time, being easily frightened (and so manipulated) all mean you are miles away from being you.
Learning to be at peace with yourself may well take years of practice, but if you don’t start now, when will you? And that is the only way you will be able to get rid of those allergies for good. However, you can fast tract this by consulting with a homeopath. Homeopathy is the only method I know that can do this. But that, in itself, means a huge transformation for many people.
Get An Allergy Test
It is very important that you learn how to help your allergies. You may never know what it is that affects you until you go to the doctor and have a test run. There are many side effects that will tell the doctor if you have an allergy.
Some of them would be like asthma, rhinitis, anaphylaxis shock, and several other key factors with allergies. Once a diagnosis of asthma, rhinitis, anaphylaxis, or some other allergic disease has been made, there are several methods for finding out what the patient is allergic to.
When it comes to finding out what type of allergies that you have they will do a skin test. You will find that they may take a blood test when it comes to certain allergies, however, that can be very expensive. You will want to take the tests even though they may be painful. The puncture allergy test can be hard to bare for those who are afraid of needles.