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Churg Strauss, Congestion, And My Case Study: A Natural Cure For Asthma

Posted Apr 11 2010 12:00am

Good Morning Everyone, and welcome to a partially sunny Sunday. :)

As many of you reading this blog are aware I am conducting my own case study concerning a natural cure for asthma, while using certain supplements and I had been doing quite well over the past few days…until Friday evening.

The weather here in upstate NY had changed dramatically ( actually not just in ” Upstate NY, but the whole tri-state area to be concise! ) and usually I have issues with these weather changes.

As everyone is aware by now, in my particular circumstances, I usually react very badly to these weather changes and this usually means I wind up having issues with congestion due to the weather, asthma and of course my CSS condition, and of course true to it’s usual course…I had mu usual congestion issues…so after about five days of non use of my Advair, I had to take a dose of it, because I was just coughing my fool head off and just bringing up ( I hope you’ve had your breakfast already at this point…) fluid..ie MUCOUS!

Now, I think that when we ( and when I say ” we ” I mean those who are already familiar with the condition of asthma, and a vascular disease such as CSS ) talk about asthma, and it’s connection to a condition such as Churg Strauss Syndrome, we take the term ” Congestion ” for granted…but for those not so familiar, just what is ” Congestion ” anyway? Well, first there are two types of congestion…

Chest congestion is the accumulation of excess fluid and mucus in the lungs. A person suffering from chest congestion may experience cough, chest pains and difficulty breathing. Severe chest congestion is audible and can be heard as a crackling in the chest. Chest congestion can be caused by post-nasal drip, bronchitis or pneumonia. Treatment may require prescription drugs, over-the-counter medication and home treatment.

Nasal congestion is the blockage of the nasal passages usually due to membranes lining the nose becoming swollen from inflamed blood vessels. It is also known as nasal blockage, nasal obstruction, blocked nose, stuffy nose, or stuffed up nose.

Nasal congestion can interfere with the ears, hearing, and speech development. Significant congestion may interfere with sleep, cause snoring, and can be associated with sleep apnea . In children, nasal congestion from enlarged adenoids has caused chronic sleep apnea with insufficient oxygen levels and hypoxia , as well as right-sided heart failure. The problem usually resolves after surgery to remove the adenoids and tonsils .

Nasal congestion can also cause mild facial and head pain , and a degree of discomfort.

And another interesting factor here that certainly is of concern to myself as I already suffer from acid reflux and is the main reason why I am on a generic brand of Prevacid called Lansoprazole at 30mgs…

It has recently been proposed that gastroesophageal reflux disease may be a contributing factor for sinusitis . Studies have shown a significant correlation between individuals suffering from chronic sinusitis and those suffering from acid reflux. Evidence has been found that acid reflux can be severe enough in some cases to reach the nasal or nasopharyngeal area, causing irritation. Additionally, it has been shown that gastroesophageal reflux disease therapy was effective in the treatment of chronic sinusitis. Proton pump inhibitor type medications were shown to improve at least some sinusitis symptoms for most people, and dramatically so in some. [1]

Now, over the past three years, I have had issues with Chest Congestion, and Nasal Congestion that at it’s onset would wind up leading to Sinusitis , which for me was a symptom that I had with nasal polyps that originally were to be removed through a surgical procedure.

Okay, so that’s the basic explanation of Congestion, with just a touch of info as it may relate to Acid Reflux, and if your on something like Prevacid, that is not over the counter I think the idea that your acid reflux may be somehow related to your asthma condition may be interesting reading indeed.

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