DUST MITES, CHRONIC RHINITIS AND CHRONIC FATIGUE

2010/03/02
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What do chronic sinus infections have to do with chronic fatigue? Sinus infections irrespective of the cause affect the drainage of the lymphatic of head, neck and upper chest. Congested lymphatic slow the removal of toxins and pathogenic influences from the body and bog down the metabolism making it slower, and inefficient. The result is food stays in the digestive track longer. Patients feel lethargic, heavy, dragging, and cloudy headed. If this condition overlaps a chronic viral infection such as Epstein-Barr or cytomegalovirus or chronic bacterial or Lyme associated pathogens, the body struggles under the weight of the metabolic burden.

Many people suffer chronic sniffles, or simply wake up with a congested head. Is this sufficient to affect one’s energy level? It sure is. Inadequate lymphatic drainage to the head and neck while we sleep can have an impact on the quality of our sleep, whether we enter into a deep REM stage of sleep and its duration can contribute to aggravating sleep apnea issues reducing the amount of oxygen our brain receives during sleep and making our hearts work harder when it should be resting during sleep. Lack of restful sleep makes for inefficient detoxification, inefficient cellular repair, increased oxidation, increased acidity, insufficient hormonal synthesis, and insufficient immune attack on pathogens. Suffering through or just tolerating the condition or worse, taking an over the counter decongestant just to live with symptoms, still requires the medication to be cleared through the liver and adds to one’s toxic burden without relieving the cause. So yes, we need to take those sniffles seriously!

What is the likely culprit for chronic sinus issues, chronic stuffy head, and nasal congestion? Many people believe they have colds that linger for months but when the condition is that chronic its highly suspicious that it is due to a dust mite and house dust sensitivity. Dust mites live off the dander from our scalp and shed skin in our bed sheets and multiply by the thousands! Their metabolic waste is a severe irritant to many people who go to such extremes as ripping out the carpet in their house, and sealing off their mattresses, buying air filters and medically treated dust mite repellent sheets. This is an expensive way to treat a simple sensitivity.

In our previous article SEASONAL ALLERGIES AND THE FATIGUE CONNECTION, we described the contributing effects of increased cellular toxicity, high carbohydrate diets heightening the immune connection with plant allergens and the body’s struggle to overcome its inertia of immune stress that fatigues the body. Dust mite and house dust sensitivities are more insidious, more subtle in creating the chronic sinus congestion but for those with severe sensitivities can create asthma attacks as well.

Common preventative tactics are to vacuum or UV wand the mattress before remaking the bed and covering the pillows, will cut down on the multiplication of dust mites. It is also highly suggested to NOT have goose down in one’s bedroom. The feathers, as they de-compose into dust themselves are fertile ground for dust mites to eat and grow on. Carpets should be regularly vacuumed and if one owns a floor steamer, many styles are appropriate to run over carpet and will kill the mites and their eggs.

More vigilance in cleaning is needed when pets are allowed to live in the home because pet hair and pet dander are food also for the dust mite. Don’t forget the couch. Vacuum or steam them regularly to kill mites and eggs.

De-sensitization to dust mites and house dust is relatively easy and at Immune Matrix takes generally under ten treatments to accomplish, eliminating the need for shots, or drugs and reduces and eliminates the need for asthma medications in many cases.

 The demodex mite lives harmlessly in our hair and on our skin, but in concentrated high populations, these mites can cause hair to thin and fall out, and cause certain forms of acne. (Photo by Jerry Butler/University of Florida/IFAS) These mites actually feed continuously inside the hair follicle and can be transferred from person to person by surface contact with hair, eyebrows, and sweat glands. It has been said that as many as twenty-five of these mites can live in one hair follicle and over 90% of us have them living in our hair and scalp. Three to five days are required for the cycle of egg to hatching, with seven days for the larvae to develop into adults. Their total life span is probably several weeks all the while the patient’s hair begins to fall out, or acne erupts. If you suspect this condition, see a dermatologist and mention the demodex dust mite as a concern. You can also order online metronidazole topical cream.

When a person is affected by the mite to suffer skin and hair issues, it is a sign of chronic inflammation in the body and suggestive that the immune system is not doing its job of mounting a defense at keeping these organisms at bay. Taking a cream therefore should be one of many steps that should be taken to strengthen one’s immune system, otherwise this erosion process contributes to the general chronic fatigue of the patient as the body buckles under the multi-faceted pressure of cellular toxicity, bacterial & fungal invasions, leaky gut, pathogenic immune suppression, decreased cellular oxygen, increased oxidation, decreased hormonal output, decreased neurotransmitter synthesis, decreased lymphatic flow, slower digestion, all playing their part in a complex cascade leading to intermittent fatigue at first and then a generalized chronic debilitating fatigue.

Doing your part to reduce exposure to dust mite and house dust will help improve your symptoms. However, strong immune systems can handle exposure without developing symptoms. Therefore, those suffering symptoms need to begin a course of detoxification and immune system de-sensitization at a minimum to reduce the body’s tendency to develop immune sensitivities and allergies when it is toxic and has developed a heightened degree of inflammation.  We at Immune Matrix take a systemic approach to finding out the spectrum of immune triggers for the patient with careful and comprehensive computerized screenings. From there laboratory tests will be done to quantify and verify our findings and the patient is then evaluated for their ability to detoxify before beginning a program of detoxification. Only after the patient has successfully begin to show reduced toxic load through BIA and other tests do we then begin to address chronic infection, leaky gut, and environmental sensitivities because we have found that the more toxic and inflamed the patient is, the less effective are attempts to “re-program” the immune system by any technique of de-sensitization. In being this thorough, patients do not return with accumulated toxicity and maintain their reversals of dust and house dust sensitivities with minimal annual maintenance of the patient’s part.

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Anna Manayan

Anna Manayan