Normally, I find seasonal allergies a small price to pay for living on a beautiful wooded lot in a rural area where birds, squirrels, deer, possums, raccoons, muskrats, and groundhogs stroll through my yard. But Tietze syndrome is making it much harder to shrug off my sniffles this year.
Actually, the sniffles aren’t that bad. But the coughing, sneezing and chest congestion are horrendous because they aggravate my Tietze syndrome. As the National Institutes of Health’s Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center explains, the act of coughing or sneezing often makes the pain of Tietze syndrome worse. Every time I head outside, the pollen set off my seasonal allergies, triggering painful pressure in my chest and paralyzing muscle spasms in my ribs.
But I’m fighting back against seasonal allergies. Here’s how:
Keeping pollen out of your home
One of the best things allergy sufferers can do to protect themselves is limit exposure to whatever is setting them off, says Web MD. For seasonal allergy suffers, this means keeping your windows closed and taking your shoes off at the door to avoid tracking pollen through your house. But pollen doesn’t just stick to your shoes. It gets everywhere. That’s why you might want to consider taking a shower and changing your clothes when you come inside.
To beat back any pollen that does manage to sneak into your home, cleaning is key. Dust and vacuum frequently. Wash bedding, jackets and curtains often. Personally, I find it helpful to step up to a better filter for my HVAC system as well. Anything you can do to trap the pollen and get it out of your house will be helpful.
Talking with your doctor about options for allergies
My normal over-the-counter regimen worked well enough in normal situations, but I needed something better to keep from aggravating my Tietze syndrome. So I talked with my doctor, who was happy to prescribe something a little stronger to help. Doctors have several tools for fighting allergies in their arsenal. Talk with your doctor to identify your options and find out what will work best for your individual health situation.
Treating your Tietze Syndrome pain
I’m always leery of taking too much medication, so I have a tendency to put off treatment as long as possible. If I overdo, I’d rather try to limit my activity for a few days than rely on medicine to forge through. But since I can’t control coughing and sneezing, I’m not hesitating to treat my Tietze syndrome pain. Hopefully, regular treatment will help prevent any massive flares.
While I was at doctor, I got refills of the muscle relaxers that work best for me. I’m using them in conjunction with my trusty heating pad to soothe any rib and chest pain. I’m also employing all the tricks and tips I’ve learned for living with Tietze syndrome to minimize my pain.
Seasonal allergies can make anyone miserable. For Tietze syndrome sufferers, they are even worse. Take steps to protect yourself by keeping pollen out of your home, talking with your doctor about helpful medications, and taking the time to treat your Tietze syndrome pain.
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