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What’s Really Causing Your Allergy Symptoms? (And How To Fix Them!)

Raise your hand if you never leave home without a decongestant and a box of tissues…

If you suffer from allergies, you know just how much they can be a nightmare to deal with on a seasonal or even every-day basis. They can be everything from inconvenient to debilitating, not to mention expensive. (Seriously though, have you seen the price of over-the-counter allergy medicine these days? Good grief!)

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Look, you’ve done the sniffly, stuffy, sneezy thing. Now it’s time to try the clear, confident, able-to-breathe thing. You no longer have to dread a season, a change in the weather or even a visit from your Great Aunt Millie and her cocker spaniel (although, maybe you dread that for a different reason.) There are easy and accessible solutions right at your fingertips.

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You deserve long-lasting solutions, and you’re not going to find that in a simple fix that’ll wear off in 24 hours. The good news is there are answers to your pain and discomfort, and no, they don’t just come in the form of another pill.

So, Allergies… What’s really going on?

Most folks with allergies are experiencing one of two issues.

  1. Sneezy, itchy irritated lining in their nose
  2. Stuffed up, congested nose...hard to breathe & hard for sinuses to drain
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And to make matters worse, the first issue can lead to the second, which means you end up dealing with both miserable ends of the spectrum.

Now, we know what you’re thinking, “You don’t have to tell me how it feels. I’m all too familiar with how it feels, that’s what I’m doing here! So now tell me what the heck is actually wrong with me and how to make it stop!”

Don’t worry, we’re getting there.

There is a root to the problem your over-the-counter meds aren’t capable of fixing. You see, the nose and sinuses work like your body’s own HVAC system. When you inhale air, your nose filters, warms, adds moisture to and conditions it before it reaches your lungs. This is to prevent any damage or any foreign particles from ending up where they don’t belong.

Here’s the thing: When you have allergies, your body confronts things like pollen, pet dander (lookin’ at you Great Aunt Millie), or dust as enemy invaders. It overreacts to the attack of these invaders. And with this simple case of mistaken identity, your body does what it’s built to do and it calls to action your natural immune system which tries to shut down the foreign invaders. Signals are sent from the brain to the nose, and your nose’s reaction is to sneeze and cough and run to fight it off. You're left feeling the side effects of an attack that isn’t an attack at all.

So when you hit the pharmacy aisle of your local drug store to (hopefully) find a cure-all that’ll stop all your suffering, you’re actually just blocking off symptoms.

But at this point it’s too little too late.

Getting to the Root Cause

One other thing about allergies you’re likely very familiar with is that they’re repetitive. They don’t just go away for good, they usually stick around for a season or even all year round. Continual irritation can close up your sinuses. If your nose is shut down, you can’t breathe through it. If your sinuses are shut down, they can’t function. 

No amount of medication can help that. They may ease some of the sneezing and itching but they can’t help with a complete shutdown. When this happens, it points to these two issues: either you have a lining issue or an anatomy issue, or maybe even both.

  • Lining Issue — This mucous membrane that lines your nasal passages is what warms and humidifies incoming airflow. When it's agitated, it will make your nose run and drip like a leaky faucet. 
  • Anatomy Issue — This means the chronic inflammation, or even the anatomy you were born with, has made your sinuses too small and crowded. You likely experience a lot of sinus pressure and congestion.
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Luckily, there are root-cause solutions that are easy to undergo in-office and can change your life in just minutes. 

For lining issues—lots of itching and sneezing—you can receive a Clarifix® procedure. Just like a plumber with a wrench, this treatment shuts down the leaky faucet. With a cold probe, the overactive nerves are frozen in just 30 seconds (on each side) and can reset your nose to get it back working exactly how it should.

For those with anatomy issues—stuffy nose and blocked sinuses—we get to the root cause by opening up what is shut down. We can open up the too-small sinus openings with Balloon Sinuplasty or we can open up the breathing passages by reducing the too-large turbinates (little humidifiers inside your nasal cavity.)

If you want to know how to get rid of seasonal allergies permanently, you need to address the root causes. Medications, allergy testing, and allergy shots may work for some, but most folks who come to ADVENT are looking for root-cause solutions. And we’re in the business of getting people on with their lives, with little time wasted on these issues and irritants.

Let us help you get your life back. Scheduling is fast and easy, we even work with your insurance company. Help can soon be on its way.

Are you ready to defeat your allergies once and for all?

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