Asthma


Camping with Allergies and Asthma

CampingThe perfect spot for camping is different for different people. It can be out in the wilderness, at a campground, in a RV, in a cabin, or at a fancy hotel. Okay, staying in a fancy hotel isn’t really considered camping, but for some of us, that’s as close as we’ll get. For others of us who enjoy roughing it, camping can be an ideal vacation, but it can also pose issues for allergy and asthma sufferers. So if you are packing up for an outdoor getaway, but are worried about symptoms flaring up, read on for the ways to make sure you and your campsite mates get the rest and relaxation you deserve.

First and foremost, it’s important to be aware of the allergens that you may encounter when staying in your open-air accommodations. Not surprisingly, they are the same triggers that you come across in your daily life:

If you’ll be traveling with children who suffer from allergy or asthma, remind them of the importance of being prepared on camping trips. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAI) has created an interactive game and key that will help identify what triggers to look for.

So what can you do to keep allergies at bay and stay a healthy and happy camper?

  1. Check your scripts. Make sure you won’t run out of your allergy medication while you are away. Your doctor may even be able to prescribe a higher dosage or suggest an additional treatment for the short period you will be highly exposed. Don’t forget to pack them.
  2. Check the pollen count for the place you’ll be setting up camp. Knowing what to expect will help you prepare when you’re packing.
  3. Buy a hypoallergenic tent with good flaps to keep the allergens out. You can also buy hypoallergenic sleeping bags.
  4. Create an allergy-free menu. Pinterest offers great recipes from gluten-free corn dogs to nut-free trail mix. And what fun is a campfire without s’mores?
  5. Have a in-case-of-emergency plan. It’s always smart to bring a first-aid kid when you travel, especially when you are camping. Also be sure that everyone on the trip is aware of the allergy issue and knows how to react accordingly, whether that be with an antihistamine, an EpiPen, and/or a call to 911. In the article “Camping with Food Allergies? Follow This Advice for Maximum Fun, Safety,” the author states the importance of researching cell phone reception and knowing where to find the closest emergency center just in case.

If you want to take a permanent vacation from your allergies, call CT Sinus Center at 860-BALLOON to make an appointment. When you first come in, our expert team will talk to you about which allergy symptoms you are experiencing. Next, through our patient-centered philosophy and up-to-date diagnostic tools, we will pinpoint what is causing your suffering and develop the right treatment for your lifestyle. With our four conveniently-located locations, traveling to an office won’t be much of a hike.

Make scary (allergy) stories something you tell over the fire, not something you experience.

For more information on sinus– and allergy-related conditions or treatments, read more about CT Sinus Center and take a look at our blog.


Nasal Polyps No More

nasal polypsSometimes, small growths form in the lining of the nose and sinus passages that can block normal drainage and create discomfort. These painless tear-drop or grape-shaped growths are called nasal polyps and are often caused by continuous inflammation brought on by allergies or asthma. The good news is that nasal polyps are almost always non-cancerous and can be easily treated. In fact, small polyps don’t usually have symptoms or need treatment at all.

 

What symptoms would large polyps cause?

According to WebMD, “Most people with nasal polyps have a runny nose, sneezing, and postnasal drip. About 75% have problems with their sense of smell.” The site also lists these additional symptoms:

  • Stuffy or blocked nose
  • Sneezing
  • Facial pain
  • Loss of taste
  • Itching around the eyes
  • Infections (from mucus buildup)

Because these symptoms are so common, it’s best to see a doctor to pinpoint the exact cause of them. Also, why suffer when permanent relief may be just around the corner?

Our expert physicians at Connecticut Sinus Center will not only treat your nasal polyps, but they will also treat what is causing them. And with four conveniently-located offices across the state, getting the care you need is easier than ever.

When you come in for your appointment, we’ll sit down with you and discuss your symptoms and medical history. Next, we’ll conduct a series of tests, including allergy tests and a nasal endoscopy, that tell us exactly what is causing your discomfort so that we can come up with a individualized treatment plan that is right for you and your lifestyle.

Many times, nasal polyps can be treated with a corticosteroid, which will shrink them and open up the airflow. In some cases, endoscopic surgery is necessary. However, this outpatient procedure will have you breathing freely in no time, and the team at CT Sinus Center will have you feeling at ease throughout the entire process.

Once your polyps have been treated, we will work with you to keep them from coming back. As they are often a result of sinus and allergy issues, we’ll help to put a permanent end to those as well, making nasal polyps a thing of your past.

If you suspect you have nasal polyps, stop letting them affect your health. Call 860-Balloon today and schedule an appointment today.

For more information on all things sinus and allergy, visit the CT Sinus website and blog.