How many times have you heard someone say. “I think I’m coming down with a cold?” No doubt many times. In fact, most of us have said or made a similar statement, us. Nowadays when someone I know tells me that I usually answer: “Could it be allergies?” Because many of these “cold” are probably allergic reactions to the environment. As I look back to my childhood days can not but wonder at the strong possibility that all these tablespoons of cod liver mom given faithfully —- full natural flavor, commonly done in those days – to prevent for my getting “cold,” not a bad idea was probably unnecessary, because frequent runny nose, my cough and post nasal drip was very likely due to allergen. Even, perhaps, of thick smog that had developed in a big city I grew up in.
When I learned my sinus problems for several years, I came to the conclusion that the two main causes of my problem was, some foods and environmental allergens. Whenever I indulged in a milk shake or large serving of ice cream I had severe post nasal drip a few hours. And when I had a big glass of cow’s milk 3 or more days in a row I had the same result. I would stop drinking milk for a few days or stop eating ice sinuses would clear up in a few days. As seemed to be the correlation was so obvious that I finally decided, a number of years ago, to stop using these foods regularly and, of course, sinuses cleared up indefinitely.
Then came spring time and as weeds and their flowers, trees and own their flowers made their appearance again in our area, the same allergic reaction I had food already mentioned, above, began to appear again, unless I was not using them. So it became obvious that I was allergic to certain pollens and probably other allergens. I had a pollen allergy test done and certainly there were some pollens I was very allergic. With these results in hand the only choice I had was: go to a place where there were not pollens I was allergic – probably something rather impossible – or begin to receive allergy shots regularly. I opted for the latter.
Several years passed and we moved further North where blankets are commonly used than in the Southwest and I began to once again have a “cold” symptoms. At least that’s what we thought at first. Since I was hardly with cows’ milk allergy injections had returned my wife and I thought, what could cause post nasal drip, etc., this time. So I went back to the specialist allergy testing new in our area. After doing some testing, he found that I was very allergic to dust. In the process of being given allergy testing I found that not all house dust is created equal. Some dust containing high levels of dust mite droppings. This type of mites thrive in humid and hot environment, like the one produced by the body while lying in bed, where the ants eat mostly microscopic particles of human skin to lubricate and blankets. The tests did show I was very allergies like dust. Then I got some counsel my doctor about how to protect my bed from small varmints and their droppings. Devastating allergy symptoms I had began to subside, especially when my allergies injection was added dust mite droppings antigen.
There can indeed be allergic connection with sinus pressure and other problems. My case is not unique. If one is suffering from an ongoing sinus problems it might not be a bad idea to consider testing for allergies to the environment and possibly food, especially if your health insurance covers this test.