Allergies (Allergic Rhinitis)
If you suffer from allergies, you know the miserable side effects that they can cause. Whether your allergies are seasonal from pollens or molds, or those related to pets or to foods, the resulting itchy eyes, and skin, sneezing, congestion, and rash can be fairly mild to quite severe.
The allergic reaction is your body’s response to a foreign substance. Your immune system is identifying a particular allergen as harmful, even though it really isn’t. Your immune system responds by creating inflammation in your sinuses, skin, airways or digestive system.
The level of allergic response varies. Some people experience minor irritations or only seasonal symptoms, while others may experience anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening emergency in which the airways narrow to block breathing. A rapid, weak pulse, sudden blood pressure drop, nausea and/or vomiting may occur.
Those who suffer from sinusitis often have underlying allergies that are partly to blame for the sinusitis. By treating the allergies, many people see a dramatic improvement in their sinus conditions.