Now that you understand the signs and symptoms that may occur from any of the limbs of chronic airway-digestive inflammatory disease (CAID), the next step is to accurately pinpoint which of the limbs you are currently experiencing, and where the cascade of symptoms began. For example, you may know that you suffer from seasonal allergies. Every fall, you might experience dry, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, and a constant feeling of postnasal drip. None of these symptoms really holds you back from your daily life, and knowing that they are “just” the result of allergies, you leave them alone, hoping that they will disappear once the leaves are finally swept away in late November.

Yet one October day you wake up with a pounding headache, and you are so fatigued that you can’t get out of bed. Your temperature is well above normal, your reflux is acting up, and you are feeling miserable. What happened? While your initial reaction might be to connect these more severe symptoms to a cold or the beginnings of the flu, in reality your untreated allergy symptoms spawned an infection in your sinuses. Had you treated your allergy symptoms earlier, you may have forgone these later, more distressing symptoms of CAID. It is scenarios

like this one that make having a proper diagnosis - and following up with the necessary treatment - paramount.

Sinus Tips:
Refrain from drinking or eating for at least Vi hour after the examination because your throat will still be numb. Do not drink or eat any hot foods for approximately 2 hours after
As you can see, CAID is complex, and its diagnosis is multifaceted. That is why it is important for anyone who suffers from one or more limbs of CAID to be managed by a team of phy
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Your role in accurately conveying your symptoms is probably the most important aspect of the diagnosis. I tell my patients all the time that they are the best resource in finding a
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This initial hit of inflammation would probably lead you to believe that you had come down with a simple cold.