This highlights one major point — most people can’t tell the difference between bad allergies and a severe sinus infection. Though that is alarming enough, very few will touch base with their doctor & simply taking OTC medication to alleviate their symptoms rather than find out what is really causing a problem.
For starters, inflammation is found in the nasal areas of your face. The inflammation causes some rather large amounts of mucus to fill up nasal cavities, which causes some serious pressure. This, in turn, causes the complaints of headaches and pain in the face, which are the red flags that are missed by many people. One thing that should always be remembered is that the human body is an amazing creation that will let us know almost immediately when something is not right. Pain is one way we are being told that we need to get things checked out.
Something else people miss regarding chronic sinus infections is that they begin to attribute their high amount of fatigue to everything but a sinus infection. When you take into consideration the high amounts of swelling and pressure in your face and nasal passages, being able to breathe adequately will be compromised. This, in turn, makes laying down and sleeping harder to do because you are not able to draw in air in an effective manner. Sleep deprivation is never a healthy part of daily living, and it should be very high on the list of things that should concern you enough to seek medical advice.
One final item of note we alluded to slightly is that people often confuse a chronic sinus infection with something else such as bad allergies, a cold, or the flu. Moreover, they just don’t equate runny & stuffy noses, as well as breathing difficulty, with a sinus infection. A pretty good way of knowing when to consider a sinus infection is that a cold or flu typically last about a week or so. If your symptoms persist beyond that time frame, it’s likely not one of those causing problems. Also, sinus infections may not actually have a tell-tale marker like mucus production when blowing your nose because the congestion is either further in the nasal passages or may be directly linked to swelling of the passages making it harder to breathe.
A chronic sinus infection is no time to play self-diagnostician. You need to get things checked out with your doctor. If you suffer from anything noted above and there is no improvement within a week or so, see your doctor.
When a man gets a little too excited, we tell him to take a cold shower to cool down. Interestingly, if he followed that advice, he would gain more energy from the experience, including more testosterone. You may cool him down temporarily, but you’ll make him stronger for the next time. All over the world, people have used cold water baths or showers as therapy for a wide range of ailments. In the 1800s, ice bath treatments were medically prescribed to patients as hydrotherapy to cure everything from broken bones to psychological disorders.
While hydrotherapy has largely been replaced by pharmaceuticals in western countries, the practice of immersion into icy cold water continues. People in northern climates go from the sauna to jump into a pile of snow to invigorate their bodies. The annual polar bear clubs take a dip in freezing lakes each year. Athletes are increasingly turning to this method to help speed up the recovery time after the major physical stress of competing.
As the body feels cold water, it responds with a survival response designed to protect vital organs. Blood vessels near the surface of the skin are closed and blood flow is directed internally to keep the body’s core warm. When the body re-emerges from this chilly environment, the blood rushes back into all of the tiny blood vessels. The effect is to help flush out the damage to cells caused by physical exercise and to keep inflammation in check. Athletes recover from exercise more quickly and they show increased stamina if they take an ice bath between training routines.
This process seems to produce a variety of other positive benefits to the body as well. As the body warms up after the chilly experience, it releases antibodies as part of the process of recovery. This boosts the immune system and helps to protect the body from inflammation and other disease. To add more power to men in this recovery stage, the body releases testosterone, so all those brave souls who brag about their manliness after jumping into a frigid shower or pile of snow after a sauna may actually be correct. If the man has fatherly desires, he will be interested to know that chilled baths can increase sperm counts dramatically. This may be a case of the chill beats the pill?
The recovery process also activates the body to access fat stores, known as brown fat, which can result in accelerating weight loss. Cold water treatments close the pores of the skin and hair follicles, which helps to prevent the skin from drying out as quickly as a hot shower will. The result is skin that appears more refined and shinier hair. The invigorating aspect of a cold bath stimulates almost every part of the body, including the brain. As the body rushes to recover from the effects of the frigid water, it sends signals to the brain that boost moods and may be a tool to help fight depression.
The amount of time you spend in a cold shower or bath is up to you and it depends on the temperature of the water. Fifty-degree water will feel chilly, and you may tolerate ten to fifteen minutes of it. A shower at thirty-nine degrees will feel even chillier and you may find that three to four minutes is all you can tolerate. This is not simply an instant dip in and out of the icy water. Stay in the cold water for more than two minutes to stimulate the optimal recovery process.
A word of caution is warranted; if you have heart disease or high blood pressure or suffer from any illness that creates a fever, you would be well advised to avoid the added stress of chilling your body down. If you are not certain, please consult your medical practitioner for advice before trying this technique. If you are clear to go for it, then keep the hot water in the tank once per week and let the chills help to boost your performance.
In some cases having a pet in the home can actually help a child from developing some allergies and develop stronger immune systems. When a child is brought up with pets, it is less likely they will develop allergies to animals. As they grow up they will have more self-confidence and a better self-image because of the responsibilities they are given with feeding, caring for and playing with their pets. They will be a more compassionate and caring person.
A pet can help improve your socialization skills as you meet and interact with other pet owners. You may meet others at Training Classes where others are trying to train their pet with the same parenting skills or you may interact with others at a dog park. Pet owners enjoy sharing information about their pets good or bad. So if you are shy, share your pets stories with others and you will find how other pet owners or lover of pets will listen and begin a conversation sharing their information that may be similar or even more hilarious than yours. This is also a good way to meet others of the opposite sex.
The National institute of Health have conducted heart-related studies and the findings show that pet owners had decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels which can minimize the risk of a heart attack. Hugging an animal and even petting them helps calm you. They are warm, soft and responds to your affection which calms your nerves and makes you feel relaxed. Watch fish in an aquarium and you will find peace and serenity as the fish swim silently back and forth up and down. Your anxieties developed during your difficult and busy day will be lessened and you’ll enjoy your evening better with your loved ones and friends.
Dog owners are able to walk, run, jog, bike, hike with their canine friend which are exercises that can help you stay fit. It’s so much better exercising with a friend as a dog or as some people do with their pig, or cat. Have you seen people train their pets ride on their motorcycle or even train them on surfboards? What fine companions that make exercising more fun and the time will go by much quicker.
When you are feeling depressed or lonely, a pet may give you that feeling of joy and happiness especially the sick and elderly. A pet sometimes do funny antics and you’ll have someone to talk to instead of being home alone. You can complain and curse and they won’t walk away from you and tell you to stop complaining. They sit and listen and don’t judge what you are saying. They take away that loneliness because they are faithful and loyal to you always there. Dogs and even some cats are good at keeping you safe as they warn you of intruders and even dangers in the house. Best of all you don’t even have to live in a house and they will still love you.
There are so many reasons pets are useful animals in helping humans remain healthy. So if a person in not already allergic to the pet fur and does not have a pet, go out and adopt a cat, dog, fish, rabbit or whatever animal that may appeal to you. Out there is an animal that may help make you live longer, feel euphoric, and become a better person. There are many animals in the animal shelters that are waiting to be adopted who can help you solve some of your health problems. Go out there today and make a pet happy and yourself healthier.