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Are your allergies bothering you?

Sinus SOS

Breathe. It's something we all do every minute of every day without giving it a second thought. That is, until our sinuses act up. Whether they are blocked, stuffed, or draining, sinuses can be a source of pain and inflammation. For some people, sinsues can create chronic misery, especially during cold and allergy seasons.

Common Allergens and Irritants

More than 70 million Americans suffer from sinus problems. And sinus infections afflict 29.8 million adults and this figure does not include children. If you are one of them you are all too familiar with the symptoms -- post nasal drip, stuffiness, obstructed breathing, headache, coughing, sore throat, swollen glands, hoarseness, and a decreased sense of taste and smell, facial pain, ear pressure, dizziness, and even hearing loss.

surprising fixes for nasal congestion

simple, easy and they work

  • Drink hot liquids, such as herbal tea or hot chicken broth. It will help moisturize your mucous membranes, speeding up the movement of your cilia and thus washing mucus out of your sinuses more quickly.
  • Apply warm compresses to your face, three times a day for five minutes. A small hand towel soaked in warm water, placed over your face below and between the eyes, will help increase the circulation in your sinuses, which will also speed up the movement of your cilia.
  • Irrigate your sinuses using a neti-pot and saline water. To make your own preservative-free saline solution, just add one teaspoon of himalayan or real salt to one pint of distilled water. Make sure you use a saline solution that does not contain benzalkonium, a preservative that can impair your nasal function and might sting or burn.
  • Unclog your sinuses with the right foods. Horseradish, grated on top of a sandwich, or some Japanese wasabi mustard can also help open up congested sinuses.

Keep your home free of allergens

Allergens are sneaky. They travel on our clothing, they come in the door as we open them and close them. And, they are no respecter of persons or places. Allergens live amongst us and for those of us who are challenged by them, especially no matter what the season, they can cause havoc beyond loosing a few days work to making us feel worse than worse.

Our solution to the allergen pollution begins with cleaning the air we breathe in our indoor environments. Helping people who gravely suffer from allergies to asthma is our greatest joy. Here's how we can help you...

FreshAir Box making breathing cleaner and healthier.

The FreshAir Box is designed to work effectively in areas up to 1,500 square feet with a silent fan, and its attractive size (6" x 6" x 7") is a welcome addition to any environment. Small enough to be out of the way, effective enough to clean the air. And by using NASA Space Certified Technology to purify the air the same way NASA does in the Space Shuttle and Space Station, you can be assured the air you're breathing is clean, crisp and a welcome relief to those pesky allergens.

How does it work? Simply, just like nature. You know how wonderful the air smells right after a thunderstorm? The FreshAir Box emulates the same cleaning process of nature electronically and the best part, it's quiet.

To learn more about FreshAir Box and how it may be a solution for you visit FreshAir Box.

Seasonal Sinus Relief

Natural Alliance Wellness Journal feature article by Dr. Pamela Howard with Advanced Thermal Imaging.

The above picture is a thermal image (thermography) of congested sinuses. And with Spring in the air, for some that means seasonal allergies and sinus congestion. However, not everyone's sinus problems are related to seasonal allergies. When our body's defenses are down, viruses, bacteria, mold, and fungi can stick to the lining of the cells in the sinuses, causing irritation and infections. For example, dental infections can spread into the sinuses and food sensitivities can manifest as sinus issues.

We all have four pairs of sinuses in the facial region to help insulate the skull, reduce the weight of the skull, and allow our voice to resonate within it. The locations of our sinuses are:

  • Frontal sinuses in the frontal region
  • Ethmoid sinuses between the eyes
  • Sphenoid sinuses behind the eyes
  • Maxillary sinuses behind the cheek bones of the face

One of many effective ways to maintain healthy sinuses and clean them out is with the use of a Neti Pot of nasal syringe. You can find an informative video on the use of the nasal syringe at Advanced Thermal Imaging.

Thermal imaging (thermography) is useful in identifying which sinuses may be inflamed and causing you discomfort.

Here's what's important to know...

Often where we feel pain may not be the source of the pain. Additional information provided by a thermography study allows one's health care provider to narrow down the area(s) of concern and perform tests specific for the areas noted.

Here's to breathing easily with healthy sinuses...naturally!

Dr. Pamela Howard

Dr. Pamela Howard, DC, Certified Clinical Thermographer and Certified Cancer Support Educator founded Advanced Thermal Imaging in 2005 to provide a safe, non-invasive means of detecting health concerns utilizing Thermography and assists clients with references and resources to empower them in their search for better health.

Dr. Pam's offices are in Columbia and Mechanicsburg, PA. To learn more about Dr. Pam visit Advanced Thermal Imaging.

About natural alliance

For the past 18 years, Patrick and Lori Kirkham's passion is helping others to making informed choices on their wellness journey. By connecting healthcare practitioners, businesses, organizations, and research with those they serve, they advocate that knowledge can become their strongest advocate to wellness.

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