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What sorts of things trigger sinuses and allergies to act up?

What sorts of things trigger sinuses and allergies to act up?

Virus, allergens: Viral infections are the most common cause for worsening nasal and sinus symptoms. Increased exposures to allergens or even irritating fumes and odors or smoke can be causes. ...Read more

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Sinuses (Definition)

Sinuses are air filled spaces in the head that have several proposed functions: 1. They serve as shock absorbers in cases of head trauma 2. Lighten the skull 3. Humidify and filter the air while also producing mucus 4. Play a role in vocal resonance. The head contains 4 paired sinus cavities: maxillaries (cheek) under the eyes, ethmoids(between the eyes), frontals (above ...Read more


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Allergy or sinuses or other--which cause eyebags?

Allergy or sinuses or other--which cause eyebags?

All do: Swelling under the eyes, especially with blue or black discoloration, although commonly referred to as allergic shiners may be due to allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, or lack of sufficient sleep. ...Read more

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Thoughts? Could my seasonal allergies act up while traveling europe?

Possibly: It is likely if what grows where you are going is similar to what you are exposed to where you live now. Take antihistamines along. ...Read more

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What to do if I have noticed a pattern for a long time now: my allergies act out bad when i sleep late in the morning. Its socorrelation?

What to do if I have noticed a pattern for a long time now: my allergies act out bad when i sleep late in the morning. Its socorrelation?

Possible: I don't know what kind of allerigies you suffer from, but possibly dust mite allergies is what you have, with prolonged exposure to dust mites in your pillows / mattress, better see an allergist for management, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area ...Read more

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Clarifying allergy ALL NSAIDs, need safe topical. Some natural ings act as NSAIDs. Is Topricin safe? Ingredients on topricin.com, tab in prod desc.

Clarifying allergy ALL NSAIDs, need safe topical. Some natural ings act as NSAIDs. Is Topricin safe? Ingredients on topricin.com, tab in prod desc.

Depends: Since you did not mention nasal or sinus polyps, I presume that you do not have Aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease in which patients would react to all NSAIDs except Celebrex (celecoxib). There has been no study on whether topical NSAIDs would trigger systemic symptoms and thus the answer is unknown. It appears to me that you need a good neurologic and orthopedic evaluation. ...Read more

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How come my allergies act up when it is cloudy?

How come my allergies act up when it is cloudy?

Weather change: Weather change can aggravate allergies for many reasons. Sometimes pollen and mold counts will be higher and sometimes air pollution is a factor. Barometric pressure changes can also aggravate symptoms. ...Read more

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Can an environmental allergy affect just the sinuses?

No: Environmental allergies would also affect the nose and eyes along with the sinuses. ...Read more

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Can naturally blocked sinuses and allergies cause lightheadness and the feeling of about to pass out?

Can naturally blocked sinuses and allergies cause lightheadness and the feeling of about to pass out?

Possibly: For a full answer, you would need to provide more information. The combination of nortriptyline and zyrtec may lead to sedation. Nortrriptyline can also lease to nasal congestion. Occlusion of the nasal passages can lead to eustachian tube dysfunction and sometimes to lightheadedness. As your nose is blocked, you need a prescription nasal spray. See a physician, preferably an allergist. ...Read more

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My sinuses are often blocked, it hasn't been an issue before but its getting worse. When i clear them lumps come out. Could it be allergies?

My sinuses are often blocked, it hasn't been an issue before but its getting worse. When i clear them lumps come out. Could it be allergies?

Not clear: How do you know that your sinuses are blocked? Your symptoms may be nasal blockage. When you clear them, what do you mean by lumps. Could this be solid mucus accumulations? You need a specific diagnosis. Yes, it could be allergic rhinitis. ...Read more

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My husband has really bad allergies and sinuses every since I've been with him even longer is there anything that he could do to help with that?

My husband has really bad allergies and sinuses every since I've been with him even longer is there anything that he could do to help with that?

Many: I presume he has already tried OTC antihistamine and decongestant without benefits. The next step would be an OTC nasal steroid. Daily saline irrigation of the nose may help. If none of these measures helped, then consult an allergist to pinpoint the allergy triggers and institute the appropriate treatment. You will be amazed at how much one's quality of life can improve with Rx. ...Read more

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Is this my allergies or sinuses doing this sometimes when I stand up my head tightens and it feels like somebody is squeezing and pressing Down on it?

Is this my allergies or sinuses doing this sometimes when I stand up my head tightens and it feels like somebody is squeezing and pressing Down on it?

Doesn't sound like: Your allergies are causing such symptoms of feeling your head is squeezed when you stand up sometimes, a rather strange feeling, check your blood pressure and see your doctor if you really suffer ...Read more

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What to do if I have allergy induced asthma I am 20 yrs old my symptoms only act up when my allergies do?

What to do if I have allergy induced asthma I am 20 yrs old my symptoms only act up when my allergies do?

Allergist: See an allergist to accurately determine the allergies that are the triggers. This information can be very helpful in determining a good treatment plan including avoidance, meds and immunotherapy (i.e. allergy shots) - these can be very effective for allergic asthma and nasal allergies. ...Read more

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Severe headache lasting days. Sinuses hurt! just came off allergies/cold. Worst headache of my life. Not usually prone to migraines.

Severe headache lasting days. Sinuses hurt! just came off allergies/cold. Worst headache of my life. Not usually prone to migraines.

Possible sinusitis: Try short term (no more than 2 days in a row) use of afrin nasal spray to see if you get immediate relief of sinus pain (assuming sinus pain). May add a decongestant like Mucinex (guaifenesin) d. Don't use either if you have hypertension. Continue use of Ibuprofen as well as needed for pain. Use nasal saline to help wash nasal passages out as well. If no better in a few days, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I've had laryngitis for four days. Does gargling with saltwater help? Does Flovent 110 make it worse? It's making my allergies act up in the evening.

I've had laryngitis for four days. Does gargling with saltwater help? Does Flovent 110 make it worse? It's making my allergies act up in the evening.

Need examination: Saline might be soothing, so continue. Not sure it shortens the illness. Tough call on the Flovent; it reliably causes hoarseness at high doses directly and indirectly (favoring yeast/oral Candidiasis), yet can help associated asthmatic bronchitis. Prob wouldn't make allergies worse; could that be post-nasal drip from laryngitis? Absess? GERD?What about strep? Better get checked out. ...Read more

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Month of headaches and stuffed up sinuses. Prescriptions and allergy meds don't help. Headaches getting worse. Tried everything. Need relief. Why???

Neurology: I would see your neurologist for a check up. Sometimes sinus symptoms are actually migraines. You may also need a CT scan of the sinuses done to see if there is any swelling in the sinuses. ...Read more

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Am taking 24hr alegra but my allergies still act up at night, so I take a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night too?

Am taking 24hr alegra but my allergies still act up at night, so I take a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night too?

Allergic rhinits: Instead of benadryl, (diphenhydramine) i recommend you to ask your doctor for a prescription of a nasal steroid to use once a day. Examples are flonase, nasaonex, Qnasl and nasacort. Another class of medicines your doctor can try is singulair, 10 mg, taken once a day. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more