Sinclair Cares presented by Holston Medical Group: Allergies
Spring means flowers and blooming trees but it also means allergies. For some, seasonal allergies leads to uncontrolled coughing or bronchitis.
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News 5's Jessica Griffith talk to one man who's life was changed after he sought treatment for his chronic cough.
Andy Seaton has suffered from sinus issues since his was a child.
"I had gotten to the point where i was constantly having problems with bronchitis, sinusitis sinus infections and dealing with antibiotics and steroid therapy," he said.
It got so bad he had surgery for a deviated septum and polyp removal. This fixed one problem. He was able to breathe better. It also opened up the door for more issues.
"Then things seemed to be getting worse because now that I could breathe better, then all of a sudden i was catching everything coming and going as far as allergens," Seaton said.
He became more vulnerable to certain smells and allergens and developed a chronic cough and bronchitis.
"I would go to bed lay down i would start to wheeze wake myself up wheezing," he said.
After two years, Seaton sought the care of a pulmonologist, Dr. Leon Bass.
"Allergies certainly set off a cascade of inflammation. The nose being one being one of the major sensory organs in the body. Pollens dust whatever the patient may be allergic to becomes adhering to the nose and it sets off that cascade of inflammation," Bass said.
Now Seaton's treatment includes nasal spray and antihistamine which helps him enjoy life.
"I'm able to talk to you without having to struggle to take a breath to say each word. That's how bad it was getting."