Could allergies or some foods be the main cause of your sinus problems, especially sinus pressure? Finding out could mean less suffering and save time and money. Here we will address the cause and effect relationship that might exist between them; and explain a simple way to find out. Finally, we will make some suggestions that can help keep sinus pressure at bay.
What really is sinus pressure?
Whenever something in the environment (pollen, pollutants, chemicals, dust, smog) irritates the membranes that line the sinus and sinus cavities, the body tries to eliminate the irritant by producing an extra amount of mucus to moisten and protect these membranes. The extra discharge is also caused by a virus infection or “colds.” In any case, the mucus is so abundant that it cannot flow fast enough from the sinus into the nasal cavity and therefore accumulates. Irritation of these membranes causes them to swell, blocking the small opening through which mucus and air flow. The result is the pressure of the sinuses.
The allergy connection
An allergy is an abnormal reaction of the body to a substance, a allergen. It can be inhaled, ingested or come into contact with the skin. The allergic reaction can be severe and accompanied by a large amount of sinus mucus and inflammation of the sinus membranes, which blocks the opening of the sinuses and causes pressure and pain. Two common environmental allergens are house dust and pollen. Whenever sinus pressure is caused by allergies, the allergen involved should be determined. This is done accurately by allergy tests performed by a doctor. If an environmental allergen is identified, injections, in increasing doses, can be given to desensitize the body to the allergen. The pressure from the sinuses would gradually disappear. In less severe cases, the use of an antihistamine is usually sufficient.
The food connection
Empirical data, derived from experience, strongly suggest the connection between certain foods and some sinus problems. As a former sinus patient, I can attest to that. Whenever the use of these foods was suspended for a period of time, the sinus condition disappeared, until they were used again. You can try this approach and judge the results for yourself.
Sinus pressure prevention
The best way to deal with a disease is to prevent it. It would make sense to cut back on or eliminate certain mucus-producing foods. When allergies may be the cause of the problem, foods that contain or produce histamine should be avoided. Having this information enables an adjustment in the diet.
Often times, the solution to sinus pressure has been found simply by adjusting the diet and also using some simple remedy, whether medicinal or natural. Experimenting a bit, safely, with a good amount of common sense added, was how some of us found the cure for sinus pressure. So, give it a try and you will be amazed with the results.
Written by Paul Sanchez