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Asthma and Allergies

With as many as 50 million Americans afflicted with asthma, allergy-related conditions, and hay fever, do you think you may be an allergy sufferer? Some of the more common symptoms of an allergy include: itching, burning skin, hives, nasal congestion, sneezing, dry throat, ringing in ears, blurring of vision, painful, watery eyes; respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and urinary problems; muscular problems, afflicted nervous system (headache), PMS, and hyperactivity. You may want to see your primary care physician first who will then refer you to an allergist if your symptoms appear to be allergy related. For instance, a headache is a common health complaint among Americans proven by the countless over-the-counter pain relievers advertised and readily available. However, two types of headaches caused by allergies are sinus headaches and migraines. A third, more unusual type of headache, a cluster headache, can also be linked to allergic dtisease. A sinus headache develops because of sinus pain and swollen sinus membranes; allergic reactions to mold dust, pollens, and allergic foods can cause an obstruction in the sinus membrane. Some migraine sufferers actually may have food allergies; if the food or food additive causing the migraine is determined after careful evaluation and then removed the migraine sufferer may find relief without medication.

In addition to medications, therapy, and prevention, the asthma and allergy sufferers can benefit tremendously with exercise. While it will not cure these conditions, exercise can produce an overall feeling of well being, both physically and psychologically. Work with your allergist on prescribing an exercise program with the necessary precautions included that will benefit you. Asthmatics and allergy sufferers no longer must compromise their quality of life. Breathe deep. Exhale slowly. Relax and enjoy!

The information for this article was provided by Russell Roby, LL.B.,M.D., A.C.A.I.F.C.L.M. and American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) members Gerald Klein, M.D., Robert W. Ziering, M.D., and Vineyard HomePage.