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Pollen and Lung Disease

23 Apr 2015
| Under COPD, Interstitial Lung Disease, Lung Disease | Posted by | 1 Comment
Apr_23.

Preparing for Spring

When the sun breaks through the overcast of gray soup that haunts the winter skies, and the snow melts from the once green foliage and the spring renaissance begins, so do allergies. It’s a cruel joke, one that beckons back to the days of public floggings and torturous dress bustles. The days that you want to enjoy the outdoors you can’t because your body doesn’t like it.  As if your body toils at your misfortune. For those suffering from the duel irritants of pollen and lung disease, it can truly feel like the body is fighting against you.

Pollen and Histamine

Many people think that the pollen in the air irritates their sinuses, thus the face hurt ensues. However, that’s not exactly how it works. Histamines are chemicals in your body that, when released, cause your sinuses to open up, as a defense mechanism of the immune system, to fight off a foreign irritant. For those allergic to pollen, the immune system overreacts and causes excessive congestion and opens the ducts on the nose and eyes in attempt to keep the pollen out. The symptoms of this excessive reaction include:

  • Runny nose
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Congestion of the nasal cavity
  • Tension headache
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Swollen airways

What is an Antihistamine?

It’s not uncommon to think that an antihistamine is used to fight the pollen that enters your body, but that’s untrue. An antihistamine is actually designed to fight your body. With the immune system overacting and producing an abundant amount of histamine, the introduction of the antihistamine is designed to stop this overreacting. So in essence, the antihistamine’s job is to fight your body and stop it from causing the symptoms of your allergies.

Pollen and Lung Disease

For those suffering from a lung disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or interstitial lung disease (ILD), adding the above symptoms to those already present with a chronic lung disease can be very painful. These people already have trouble breathing, and their lungs cannot properly use the little air they can take in. When a runny nose hits or a coughing bout ensues, your ability to properly breathe and then extract the oxygen out of that air is compromised. This can lead to a low blood oxygen level and possibly even a state of hypoxia.

Your body is a strange and wonderful thing; strange in the fact that it has some self-loathing tendencies like allergic reactions, and wonderful because it has the ability to self-heal in a way that is far beyond everyday understanding. One way the body self heals is through stem cells. Autologous, or adult, stem cells are found in our bodies naturally. They are designed to heal the body when infection or disease sets in. Unfortunately for us, this is a slow-going process and takes much longer than most diseases, like lung diseases, to progress. For those suffering from lung disease, a little help is needed to get the stem cells to the area of disease faster than naturally possible. That is where the Lung Institute comes in. We use stem cells from your own body to help promote the healing of lung tissue. The result is improved lung function and easier breathing. If you are interested in finding out if you qualify for this treatment, contact us by calling (800) 729-3065 today.

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