Allergies are considered an inappropriate response of the immune system to a normally harmless substance. The substances are called allergens and can be literally anything. The most common allergens include: molds, dust, pollen, ragweed, cosmetics, animal hair, dander or saliva, chemicals in soaps and cleaners, food additives, and even medications (i.e. penicillin). Symptoms of allergies include: sinus drainage or congestion (referred to as sinusitis), sneezing, coughing, headaches, fatigue, skin rashes or itching, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, excess phlegm or mucous production, and irritated, dry or blood shot eyes.
Still other causes of sinusitis are not allergies at all. Foods can trigger allergic symptoms, especially grains and cow’s milk dairy products and should be avoided when fighting allergies. It is not uncommon for sinusitis to appear in people with a history of dental work. Hidden bacterial infections can exist under fillings, crowns, or in root canals (even pockets of infection where a tooth has been pulled from the mouth). The chronic infection can, and often does, continue to “seed” the sinus passages with a low-grade bacterial infections that often appear as allergies. Once the infections have been found and treated by the dentist, many chronic sufferers get relief. Another dental problem that can cause sinusitis is the presence of mercury fillings. Mercury is known to suppress resistance to infections and allergies. Candidiasis, or intestinal yeast overgrowth, causes symptoms that can mimic sinus allergies. This intestinal problem can have effects on the mucus of the digestive tract and the nasal passages simultaneously. It is possible to have this problem and not have any digestive symptoms at all.
The simplest and most effective way to gain relief from allergy symptoms is to avoid the allergen. But that is easier said than done, as it is sometimes difficult to identify the exact allergen stimulating the immune response. And even more difficult is trying to completely avoid the contact with the known allergen (especially airborne allergens such as ragweed). In some cases a job change or moving to another region of the country, may be necessary.
Fortunately, there is much that can be done, naturally, to help allergy sufferers of all kinds. Determining the cause of your symptoms is the first step to elminating the symptoms. Secondly, there are highly effective and safe herbal and nutritional remedies for sinus allergy symptoms that do not leave you with unwanted side effects.
Other than inhalant allergies such as molds, dust, pollen etc. food allergens and other digestive problems are the most common cause of sinus allergies. If inhalant allergies are not at issue, consider further digestive testing for food allergies, yeast overgrowth, bacterial dysbiosis, or chronic intestinal parasite infections.
Anyone with any dental work can get allergy like symptoms. Bacterial infections can be harbored in the teeth with fillings and crowns, and even where extracted teeth did not properly heal. These infectious sites can provide a continuous, asymptomatic, source for traveling bacteria to move into the maxillary sinus. A second problem with dental work is the continued use of mercury (called “silver”) amalgams. These metals will reduce the mucosal immune response and compromise the body’s resistance to allergy and infection. Blood tests can reveal bacterial infections, and salivary tests that will measure the strength of the mucosal immune response.
Food intolerances such as gluten and cow’s milk dairy cause inflammation and allergy-like symptoms. Even people who can tolerate dairy will benefit by avoiding it as dairy products stimulate the overproduction of mucus in the sinuses and airways.