What is Rhinitis?
Do you suffer form frequent sneezing, stuffiness, and an itchy or runny nose? If so then you suffer form rhinitis. Rhinitis is defined by the presence of at least one of the following:
Post nasal drip (runny nose)
You may also have watery eyes or conjunctivitis.
Why do I have it?
There's two types of rhinitis. The allergic and non allergic type. Allergic rhinitis occurs when an allergen is the trigger to symptoms. The allergen could be pollen, dustmites, animal fur or moulds. Non allergic rhinitis is caused by irritants such as chemicals in food, water and the air, structural physical problems in the nose, changes in weather and barometric pressure.
What can I do?
Research and educate yourself through a health professional or online via sites such as greenmedinfo.com. Unless you eat an organic diet and steer clear of plastic water bottles and cosmetics, you are exposed to hundreds of chemicals. The FDA and World health organisation only enforce that a new chemical be tested individually. This dismisses the synergistic effect of pesticides and their disruptive collective action on immune function. The longitudinal effects of pesticide and mould exposure is proving to be increased allergies and autoimmune conditions.
Allergic rhinitis, seasonal or not is a warning sign that something in your environment is not healthy and needs addressing.
In the mean time whilst trying to identify the trigger what can I do?
1. Use anti-histamine and antibody IgE (immunoglobulin E) modulators to treat symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat, inflamed eyes:
Herbal medicine mix: Euphrasia, Gentian, Galium, Echinacea
Nutritional medicine: Bioflavonoids, probiotics (professional grade), vitmain C 500mg 4x a day, zinc picolinate 30mg 1x a day
2. Remove foods that are mucous forming and exacerbate symptoms:
Cows milk, sugar, alcohol, non-organic meat, banana, peanuts
3. Protect your house from mould. At this time of year the heating comes on, mould that has been lingering gets a chance to spread. Get on top of it as soon as possible by treating it with hydrogen peroxide and then essential oils such as clove, tea tree and myrrh.
Why is rhinitis on the increase?
Epigentics play a role in the increase of rhinitis. The science of epigentics has proven that we are products of our environment. Environmental factors determine our health more than our familial biochemical predispositions to disease. There are more pollutants in our food, water and air supply than ever before. Not only does this increase non allergic rhinitis but it increases the risk of developing allergic rhinitis too. In fact there is a direct correlation between chemical and mould exposure, rhinitis and allergies. By removing the culprits and repairing the mucous membranes with the help of a registered Naturopath you can restore optimal immune function.