It may come as a surprise that about half the people with allergies do not have sneezing or a runny nose. Instead, they have Sinus Pressure or Headaches. These "locked-up" symptoms make it hard for students and professionals to focus past the "fog" of allergy.
Sinus Infections occur when allergic swelling blocks the "drain-holes" to sinuses, and mucus accumulates, bacteria begin to grow in the sinus. Antibiotics are only temporarily effective, because allergic swelling continues to block sinus drainage, causing recurrent infections.
Other allergic symptoms include Post-Nasal Drip, which irritates the throat, making it feel like something is stuck there. This drainage can cause a dry, feathery/powdery throat irritation, accompanied by annoying throat clearing or cough. This may result in co-workers' becoming concerned that the person is sick or contagious.
The Throat Drainage also makes the tonsils swell (Tonsillitis), and clogs the eustachian tubes in the ears. Ear Pain, Pressure, Ringing, and Infections may result, at times with Dizziness. Doctors often perform tonsillectomies and implant ear tubes, but those procedures miss the mark. The underlying problem is allergic drainage, which York Allergy & Asthma treats at its source.
In the lungs, Bronchitis (productive cough) and Asthma occur. Doctors often prescribe medicines or inhalers that make the child or adult nervous and shaky; addictive medicines that have been associated with a fourfold increase in death from asthma. People with recurrent Bronchitis or Asthma who prefer a source-directed approach, rather than taking medicines forever, share our philosophy.
Allergy takes a toll on energy. Because the symptoms accumulate gradually, many people don't notice their Fatigue, though a wife or husband may point it out to them. As treatment progresses our patients routinely comment they have more energy, and realize they had grown accustomed to feeling bad.
Waking up tired, a common allergy complaint, is a diagnostic hallmark of Sleep Apnea. When allergy symptoms accompany sleep apnea, the CPAP (mask) treatment is compromised because air can't get through. Effective allergy treatment paves the way for effective CPAP treatment; in several patients, successful treatment of allergy has reduced the need for CPAP treatment.
The skin responds by getting dry and itchy (Eczema), or with Hives (Urticaria).