Allergies are most often associated with spring, but some people -- especially those of us with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome -- have allergies year round. And many of us have sinus problems that have nothing to do with allergies.
My allergies are mild right now, but I still have congestion somewhat frequently. I know it'll be getting worse before long, too, as winter dries out the air and creates concrete in my nostrils.
Our high likelihood to have allergies is probably tied to our overall sensitivity to everything. After all, that's what an allergy is. Our bodies become sensitized to certain stimuli. In most people, that's limited to common allergens like pollen and dust. In us, it becomes central sensitization (involving the entire central nervous system), and we become sensitive to things like noise, light, temperature and pressure.
Sinus problems that aren't allergy related seem to come from a different source. Some doctors believe our bodily secretions are prone to being thick and sludgy, which means that mucous doesn't move through our sinuses like it should.
What allergy and sinus symptoms do you get? Which times of year are worst for you? What helps? Take the poll, and leave your comments below!
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