If your cold symptoms last longer than a week, your sneezing, stuffiness, and runny nose might actually be due to allergies or sinusitis.
If your eyes itch, are red, tearing or burning, pay attention to what they may be telling you. You may have eye allergies, or allergic conjunctivitis.
In the past 30 years, there has been a significant increase in the number of recorded fungal infections. This can be attributed to increased public awareness, new immunosuppressive therapies (medications such as cyclosporine that “fool” the body’s immune system to prevent organ rejection), and overuse of antibiotics (anti-infectives).
Sneezing, wheezing, watery eyes, and a runny nose aren’t the only symptoms of allergic diseases. Many people with allergic rhinitis also report feeling “slower” and drowsy. When their allergies are acting up, they have trouble concentrating and remembering.
An allergy develops when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to a foreign substance that ordinarily is harmless. An allergic reaction can occur whenever the allergy-causing substance – called an allergen – is inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed on contact with the skin.
You might not think your nose is a “vital organ,” but indeed it is! To understand its importance, all that most people need to experience is a bad cold. Nasal congestion and a runny nose have a noticeable effect on quality of life, energy level, ability to breathe, ability to sleep, and ability to function in general.