March 10, 2020
Not Addressing Allergies and Other Health Issues Are What Make Diseases Like COVID-19 More Dangerous
Not addressing allergies and other health issues are what make diseases like COVID-19 more dangerous
There’s been increased awareness of COVID-19, commonly referred to as Coronavirus. Even if COVID-19 is never mentioned after Spring 2020, the flu and other year-round illnesses can become a deadly threat when the body is incapable of handling the symptoms caused by it’s illness.
If you have ongoing allergies and they aren’t treated effectively, it could weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to viruses and other germs. That, in turn, could enable your uncontrolled allergies to evolve into a sinus, ear, or upper respiratory infection, like COVID-19.
Even more concerning are those with allergic asthma, whose sensitive air passages may be more reactive to viral and bacterial attack. If your allergy symptoms impair your sleep, your immune system may also suffer, making you more likely to succumb to infection. Should you get sick while suffering from allergic asthma, you could be at greater risk of experiencing complications from the illness.
Allergies weaken our immune system and make us more susceptible to getting sick
Our immune system is one of the most fascinating and complex systems in the human body, but it’s not perfect. Allergies themselves happen because our immune system is mistakenly attacking non harmful substances in our body as if they pose a risk to our health.
When our immune system gets put to work hard and often like during allergy seasons, it becomes less efficient. If you think of our immune system as police protecting our body, allergies are basically 911 prank calls that are happening while a bank is getting robbed.
By not treating the source of allergies, we’re not giving our body what it needs to defend itself
Without even accounting for the numerous chronic issues our body tallies up by constantly suffering from allergies, the short term effect of allergies puts our body in a losing scenario against viruses, infections, and germs.
We talk about it all the time, but people don’t take allergies as seriously as they should. We get numb to the pain and suffering caused by allergies and while we may think we’re “fine” or can just “power through,” the reality is when the body is under constant stress it won’t be properly prepared to defend against emergency situations.
There are many things you can do at home that can significantly limit your susceptibility to illnesses. The biggest of these are:
Practice good hygiene - Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face during the day.
Stay home when you’re sick - Don’t be selfish with your illness and bring it to your coworkers. Your body is also recovering at this time, so you want to limit your interactions with people who could also be sick.
Avoid interactions with people who are sick - The best way to not get sick is by not getting introduced to illnesses. If a close friend or loved one is ill, bring them some soup but don’t stick around.
- Out of abundance of caution for our patients, Aspire Allergy & Sinus offers telemedicine consultations that can be done at home by phone or computer. Many other healthcare providers offer the same service so be sure to ask!
More information on how to protect yourself can be found on the CDC website concerning prevention and treatment of illnesses.