Sinusitis & Allergy Season
Oh yes, the trees are blossoming and the tulips are fully out in the sunshine and rain. I hear the birds in the trees - one of the sounds that I miss the most - and it's planning on raining all week. Hello Spring! May showers are officially here.
Luckily, this rain, though it keeps us indoors, is staving off the other guest of spring - allergies.
The year 2015 is when my body began its struggle with spring. Instead of looking forward to spring, I now began to live in worry of the coming discomfort. I had several bouts of sinusitis that lead me to an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor. They recommended steroids and an invasive surgery. I said, "No. I will find another way to resolve this condition." And I did.
You may or may not have guessed, but I use light therapy to help resolve my struggles with both allergies and sinusitis. I'm happy to report that my body handles spring exceptionally well now, but for many people it’s essentially the second round of flu season; congestion station, sneeze central, itchy eyes and foggy brain.
So what can you do as things continue bursting to life and releasing the pollen that is so life giving, and allergy inducing?
I’ll start with this - what causes allergies?
When your body encounters a foreign substance - something that it doesn’t recognize - your immune system will react to it. This reaction treats the substance as a threat and can lead to inflamed skin, sinuses, airways, or your digestive system. (Article 1.)
This time of year, most of your allergies stem from:
airborne allergens like pollen
from our beloved animals losing their winter coats and creating dandruff
dust mites as we start our spring cleaning
Now, what is sinusitis?
During the springtime (or flu season for that matter), allergies can inflame your sinuses which can result in irritation and blockage leading to a buildup of fluid. You can have an increased risk of sinusitis or infections if you normally get hay fever or asthma.
“Sinusitis is an inflammation of the tissues in your sinuses (spaces in your forehead, cheeks and nose usually filled with air).” (Article 2.)
How does light therapy help?
That is where light therapy comes in - the hero of inflammation reduction. The red, blue, and infrared lights help your body generate the energy you need within your cells to clear away the liquid build-up, clear up blockage, repair damaged and burst cells, and reduce the inflammation from the allergy response.
What does the science say?
Firstly, that the infrared lights used successfully help reduce your immune response that you’ll see reflected as eczema, sores, etc can be combated with light therapy (aka phototherapy.)
“Phototherapy has a profound immunosuppressive effect and is widely used for the treatment of immune mediated skin diseases. Phototherapy is able to inhibit immediate type hypersensitivity reaction in the skin.” (Article 3)
This shows the impact of inflammation reduction on your body on what’s going on internally with allergies or sinusitis can be remedied with consistent light therapy treatments.
Now, the last thing that I want to remind everyone about is this:
Make sure that you know how severely allergies affect you. If you have any potential to experience anaphylactic shock, please ensure that you have a medical bracelet and a stored emergency contact on your phone!
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Here are the articles referenced above:
Article 3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17329119/
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