For the month of June, we are focusing on the respiratory tract.
Your respiratory tract starts with your nasal passages, includes your sinuses, mouth, pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), trachea, and bronchioles.
It is one of the barrier tissues in your body, and as such, is a place where mast cells are found in abundance.
The respiratory tract is where the interaction between our bodies and the air we breathe occurs. We breathe in air, but also potential irritants; this is why it is important for the lining of this tract to be armed with immune cells. If you breathe in an infectious bacteria or virus, your body needs to be able to respond so that it can fight a cold, bronchitis, pneumonia or other respiratory infection.
When your immune system is sensitized, as is the case with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, mast cells will be primed to respond to a substance you breathe in that it shouldn’t normally see as a threat. Your mast cells might respond to certain smells, volatile organic compounds or other substances that you breathe in.
This heightened immune response in your respiratory tract can be incredibly frustrating. It can show up as symptoms of nasal or sinus congestion, or a drippy nose like this poor fella.
It can also look like an itchy nose, coughing, in some people chronic throat clearing or sore throat. It can also show up as shortness of breath, asthma, or other lung conditions.
This month we’ll be shedding some light on how Histamine Intolerance and Mast Cell Activation can contribute to respiratory symptoms. Make sure to check in every Tuesday morning, as we'll focus in on sinus issues, itchy or drippy nose, polyps, of course asthma, and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
See, Histamine Haven is all about giving you tools to help address these symptoms, so that you can breathe a sigh of relief. We look forward to helping shed light on what might be contributing to your symptoms.