Normal! Allergic reactions are different for everyone. Your nose and throat are lined with glands that continually produce mucus-an amazing 1 to 2 quarts per day. This mucus keeps your upper respiratory tract moist and clean, protecting you from infection.
Usually you swallow it without noticing, but when you encounter an allergen, like dust or pollen, your body releases chemicals that amp up mucus production, leading to excessive (and annoying) secretions. In some people, this causes a runny nose. In others, the extra mucus drains down the throat-a symptom called postnasal drip, which can cause tickling, coughing or soreness.
If it’s allergies, you’ll likely also have itchy, watery eyes and sneezing. Try taking an antihistamine. If you’re really congested or feverish, it could be a sinus infection or strep throat. Problems such as acid reflux cause symptoms akin to postnasal drip, so see your doctor if allergen avoidance and drugs don’t do the trick.
Do Himalayan Salt Lamps Have Any Health Benefits?
Not to, um, dim your hopes, but it’s doubtful.
Not to, um, dim your hopes, but it’s doubtful. Believers claim that these glowing lamps-the body is a hunk of orangey rock salt, and there’s either a lightbulb or a candle tucked inside-emit negative ions, which bind to positively charged dust and allergens in the air and can alleviate myriad ailments. But there’s simply no good science to back any of this up.
That said, salt water does have a long history of healing; for example, rinsing nasal passages with saline can help loosen mucus and reduce dryness and inflammation. But if you spring for a lamp, use it for the mood lighting, not the medicinal benefits.
Is It a Cold, Allergies, or a Sinus Problem?
Got a cold? If you have a stuffy nose, runny eyes, and other symptoms, you might think so. But it could also be due to allergies or even sinus infection, which you would treat differently than a cold. If you’re not sure, pin this handy guide to your Pinterest page, for quick and easy reference.
Got a cold? If you have a stuffy nose, runny eyes, and other symptoms, you might think so. But it could also be due to allergies or even a sinus infection, which you would treat differently than a cold.
If you’re not sure, this handy guide should help. Pin it to your Pinterest page, for quick and easy reference! (And if symptoms don’t improve within a week or two, see your doctor, says Spencer Payne, MD, associate professor of rhinology and endoscopic sinus surgery at the University of Virginia.)