Allergies to Cats & Recurring Sinus Infections

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Allergies to cats and recurring sinus infections are directly related in a number of different interesting ways. Learn about allergies to cats and recurring sinus infections with help from an expert from the Arizona Natural Health Center in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr.Laurinda Kwan from the Arizona Natural Health Center. Approximately ten percent of people suffer from pet allergies, and more people are allergic to cats than dogs. Allergies to cats can cause symptoms such as daily sneezing and a stuffed up runny nose. If you're cat allergies are chronic, after a while sinuses can become inflamed, causing recurring sinus infections. This is called allergic sinusitis. The job of healthy sinuses is to trap dust, dander and other particles we breathe from the air and flush it down our throat. Sinus pain and pressure occurs when sinuses become inflamed and cannot drain. There are conventional options for recurring sinus infections, such as corticosteroids, nasal inhalers and decongestants that help to relieve symptoms. But if a more natural alternative interests you, there are a few options you can try. Neti pots are small teapot shaped vessels that have been use din India for thousands of years to flush the sinuses and keep them clear. The simple technique helps to flush out the dander you've inhaled and thin the mucus, causing congestion. Netis and other nasal rinse products are inexpensive and can be found easily at health food stores and even local drug stores are carrying them now. For allergic sinusitis, use your neti pot for about twice a day, especially if you've been playing with a cat or petting one. Next, keep mucus membranes moist by keeping well hydrated and use a cool mist humidifier to keep the inside air humid. Dry sinuses mean less drainage. And as an added bonus, add a few drops of essential oils, such as eucalyptus to your humidifier to help open up nasal passages. Homeopathy is a safe and natural treatment, that is capable of reducing both the cat allergies and recurring sinus infections. A homeopathic medicine is chosen base don your individual symptoms. This often provides quick relief of allergic and sinus symptoms and without the unwanted side effects. If you're having symptoms of allergic sinusitis now, try one of these Homeopathic remedies found at your health food store. Choose the best one to fit your symptoms. For example, you may need Hepar Sulph for ongoing sinus infections with thick and yellow nasal discharge. Sinus headaches have a bursting pain that feels better, applying hard pressure. You may need Hydrastis Canadensis, if you have a dull frontal headache and have a thick build-up of mucus in the back of your nose. And Kali Bichromicum is commonly needed for allergic rhinitis and congestion with sinus pain. Nasal discharge is greenish, thick and stringy. Now, these are just a few Homeopathic remedies that are able to effectively treat allergic sinusitis. Take the remedy every two to four hours depending on the severity of your symptoms, more often for more intense symptoms. If in 24 hours, you do not see an improvement, try a different remedy. There are books you can purchase that can be helpful for finding the right medicine. Homeopathic medicines are often effective in treating acute symptoms of sinusitis, although it is usually necessary to see a doctor trained in Homeopathic medicines to cure chronic sinusitis. I'm Dr.Laurinda Kwan from the Arizona Natural Health Center, talking to you today, about allergies to cats and recurring sinus infections.

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