Will Rhinoplasty Help With Hay Fever?
For some people, hay fever isn’t a major problem; they just pop an antihistamine and their symptoms go away. But for many others, their hay fever doesn’t respond to any sort of allergy medicine. To make matters worse, many sufferers are extremely sensitive to triggers like pollen, pet dander, dust, and mold… making it virtually impossible to avoid hay fever.
Since there’s currently no cure for hay fever, many are simply looking for new ways to lessen the associated symptoms. Some people are using nasal rinses and flushes on a daily basis. Some people even resort to plastic surgery – rhinoplasty – to try and improve the internal structure of their nose so it can hopefully handle the hay fever better.
Will rhinoplasty really help with hay fever?
A nose job isn’t always the solution. In fact, most of the time it won’t help a person at all. However some people have abnormal noses, like a deviated septum. When this is the case, sometimes it can be beneficial to straighten the septum out – and hence – allow for easier breathing.
There is another procedure known as turbinate reduction that is sometimes done in combination with a regular septoplasty (rhinoplaty of the septum). The turbinates – also known as the nasal concha – are a curled bone shelf which are located near the top of the nose. A few years ago, plastic surgeons though it would be a cut idea to cut them out since they became inflamed during allergies. Nowadays, they’re thinking twice about this procedure; it turns out this structure is something our noses needs to function properly. According to this rhinoplasty forum on the Plastic Surgery Spot message boards, there are a number of people who had their turbinates reduced and are experiencing problems permanently as a result.
How much does a rhinoplasty surgery cost?
Another reason why this option isn’t for everything is because of the cost. In the United States, a rhinoplasty may end up costing you from $8,000 all the way up to $20,000! To make matters worse, it’s not uncommon for this surgery to have a bad outcome, even when a top plastic surgeon performed the procedure. Therefore, it’s a very real possibility that you will have to dish out even more money for a revision rhinoplasty after the first surgery. In addition, this procedure involves significant downtime and nasal swelling which can last a year or greater. So it’s important to consider the pros and cons before you go under the knife.
What is Hay Fever?
Hay fever is another name referring to seasonal allergic rhinitis that happens when exposed to plant reproductive system belongs to male plants. It can also occur year-round.
Allergic rhinitis or hay fever is usually caused by pollinating trees that occur during spring while in summer and fall it can occur when weeds and grasses are releasing pollen. March until November is another popular season for people to get hay fever because this is the time when mold will release its spores.
Another allergy, known as perennial allergic rhinitis can occur anytime and it is usually caused by mold, animal dander, dust mites and feathers. It can happen when you’re exposed to draperies, thick carpet, pillows contaminated by these irritants. Don’t be surprised but it is normal to be allergic to several agent or pollen at once.
How to know if you had hay fever?
Our body’s immune system will release histamine into our bloodstream when exposed to any of the allergen, such as dander, pollen and mold.
You’ll notice swelling and redness around nose and eyes area. It will cause you to sneeze because this is a mechanism to get rid of it from your body. This chemical will also cause you to feel itchy and also runny nose if it manage to enter your nasal tissue.
You can identify which allergen is the culprit of your hay fever based on the season when it happened. Doctor will usually conduct skin test in order to determine the culprit behind your allergy. The potential allergens will be placed in your back or arm, and pricking your skin to allow it enters the epidermis. Skin areas that turns read is the indication that it is the allergen that is responsible to cause your hay fever.
There are also doctors who will do blood test in order to determine the amount of antibodies being produced by your immune system.
Less than 20% of U.S population are affected hay fever and is considered as common allergy. There is no known reason why only certain people are getting hay fever. There are evidences suggesting hay fever is actually hereditary. Other than that, people who experience asthma and eczema have higher risk of getting hay fever.
You need to know that you might even get hay fever outside of the normal season because every plant has their pollen seasons. The heaviness of pollen count usually depend on the weather as well.
Now That You've Read The Background Information, How Would A Homeopath View Hay Fever? We would say the individual is "sensitive" and "reactive" to certain triggers in the environment. What is the difference in approach and treatment?