With medical personnel solely focused on eradicating the Coronavirus as well as treating patients who are infected with the respective virus, the significance of keeping ourselves healthy and safe, not only from Covid-19 but also other diseases cannot be underemphasized.
Lately, our focus has been on keeping ourselves safe from covid-19 that we have forgotten to keep ourselves safe from other related infections like Allergic Rhinitis, Chronic Sinusitis and Colds and Flu. However, our discussion today is on the first two aforementioned conditions which are Allergic Rhinitis and Chronic Sinusitis.
Mid 2020, I noticed something different about myself. I would wake up in the middle of the night, sneezing profusely and early morning too. I also discovered that cold water was itchy on my body and whenever I got cold, I would sneeze quite uncontrollably with goosebumps all over my body. With time, I began to react to more allergens including fragrances, smoke, dust and food scents.
When this issue started, I panicked because I thought I had contracted Covid-19 but going to the hospital after schools closed, I was diagnosed with an allergy condition. Apart from giving me a medical prescription for the condition, I was told to avoid things that trigger allergic reactions but, this is like mission impossible because you cannot avoid being around people with perfumes or polluted air in urban areas as such, we all must know that it is easier to prevent Allergic Rhinitis and Chronic Sinusitis than to treat them simply and this will be our center of focus today.
WHAT IS ALLERGIC RHINITIS AND CHRONIC SINUSITIS?
According to a health book called Healthy Body; a practical guide to body care by Dr. George D. Pamplona-Roger, Allergic Rhinitis is a condition that occurs when the nasal mucosa is inflamed following a trigger from an allergic reaction from pollen of a specific plant, dust, animal fur and other things. The condition manifests itself through complications like nasal drainage, itching and congestion.
On the other hand, Chronic Sinusitis is a persistent allergy based infection of the paranasal sinuses which may occur after an acute Sinusitis.
FIVE WAYS OF PREVENTING THE ALLERGY CONDITIONS.
Now, we can talk about the five measures of prevention of Allergic Rhinitis and Chronic Sinusitis that are given in the aforementioned healthy book.
Access to good quality indoor Air.
In order to ensure that you have good and fresh air in your home, workplace and other indoor places you frequently spend time in, it is imperative to make sure these places are clean. You must be able to remove and regularly wash, vacuum and clean objects that retain dust including table, wardrobe and display surfaces, wooden furniture, blankets, carpets, rugs, woolen clothes, drapery and many others objects. Further, it is important to keep the rooms of the house, work building or other places well ventilated and keep dogs and cats outdoors in order to avoid having fur falling on your carpets or furniture.
Follow Nasal Hygiene
Irrigation of the nose to remove allergens like dust, pollen and others irritants by using a syringe to inject water into your nose untill it get to the throat; then you can either swallow or spit out; or by continuous rinsing the upper nostrils with a suitable container or syringe of which the liquid will come out front the other nostril.
Be cautious of certain nasal medications.
Avoid usage of nasal medicines or decongestants that have an effect on you and promote inflammation of the nasal mucosa when treating influenza.
Watch your diet.
Eat healthy and avoid foods that you are allergic to or contain allergens for example, fish, cow’s milk and other dairy products. Eat fruits and vegetables and have supplements of Vitamin C and Zinc.
An allergy vaccine is also a good way to avoid repeated attack of Allergic Rhinitis and Chronic Sinusitis.
That’s all for the five ways of avoiding allergic oriented conditions. Let us read more about keeping our bodies healthy from the book, Healthy Body….. and keep ourselves healthy so that the coronavirus may not have an upper hand just in case we contract it. Let’s keep safe and remember to wear our masks appropriately, maintain an appropriate social distance, sanitize and wash our hands frequently.
Let’s also share other ways through which we can prevent and treat Allergic Rhinitis and Chronic Sinusitis down on the comments section. We would love to hear from you. Happy Tuesday, lovelies!! 💛