Cold, Allergy, Sinitius, Oh My!

If you’re reading this, you maybe one of the 31 million people in America affected by a sinus problem. But the issue is determining what type of sinus problem you have. Is it a cold, an allergy, or a sinus infection? Just because you have never had an allergy in your life doesn’t mean you can’t develop a new one overtime. Now, if you are someone who has allergies and haven’t had a new test in over a decade, there may be new sensitivities you have developed during this time you are unaware of. Nonetheless, what’s important is determining what type of issue you’re having and how to fix it.

What’s the Difference?
When you are experiencing a cold you may have symptoms such as: a sore throat, a fever, or body aches. When you are having allergies, you may experience sneezing, wheezing, or itchy eyes. When you are experiencing a sinus infection (sinusitis) it can cause facial pain, thick colored mucus, and even fatigue.

How It Affects Expats
New countries = New allergies. You may be going to a country with a totally different environment than the one you are currently living in. Allergies that didn’t affected you back home, may affect you elsewhere.

Your Sinuses
Your sinuses have four regions that stretch across the forehead, across your cheeks, between your eyes, as well as deep behind these regions. That is why you may feel facial pain and headaches. It is important to monitor your sinuses during allergy and cold seasons to better determine what issue you’re having. But for best results, the remedies below maybe of some assistance:

Remedies

Adjusting your diet
Adequate Sleep
Probiotics
Salt Water Rinse

Learn more information about conditions and treatments from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology.