Fall allergies can be frustrating enough. Itchy eyes, stuffy and/or running notes, sneezing… they are quite an uncomfortable nuisance. When you also suffer from TMJ disorder, the two paired together can make for an unpleasant fall. Don’t worry, there are things you can do to help. Take advantage of these allergy and TMJ treatment tips for relief.
Allergies and TMJ Disorder
The TMJ is located in and around the same place as allergies. Sinuses line around the nose, between one’s eyes and along cheekbones. When working properly, sinuses stop bacteria from getting into the lungs. Allergies can cause those sinuses to swell or become infected. During the fall, many types of allergens in the air can confuse the body.
The immune system takes allergens like pollen or ragweed for invaders. To combat them, it causes all of the unwanted symptoms. All of this can make things even more painful for a person with TMJ disorder. Allergies can increase inflammation in problematic areas, worsening TMJ disorder symptoms. The key to relief is to combat allergies and take precautions to calm the TMJ.
If you suffer from fall allergies, use some of these techniques for relief:
- Take an antihistamine
- Reduce your time outside on days the pollen count is high
- Keep windows shut so outdoor allergens do not get inside
- Purchase a furnace filter that helps combat allergens in the air
- Wash your bedding regularly, using a hot sanitizing wash that will kill any allergens
- Use a dehumidifier to reduce moisture in the air that can harbor allergens
- Protect your eyes outside by wearing glasses instead of contacts or sunglasses
- Keep your house clean and do a routine dusting daily or almost every day
- Vacuum or sweep floors regularly
- If you spend the day outdoors, change immediately after you get home and preferably take a shower too (to rid yourself of allergens)
- Do not leave clothing or towels outside to dry
- Ask your doctor or allergist if you are an ideal candidate for allergy shots
TMJ Disorder Comfort
In addition to finding techniques that help you reduce or eliminate allergy symptoms, use these resources to reduce pain due to TMD:
- Do not eat foods that are overly chewy that cause an added strain on your jaw (steak, gum, crunchy foods, etc.)
- Depending which works better for you, use hot or cold packs on your face to reduce inflammation and calm muscles
- Use a mouth guard when you sleep to help you from clenching or bruxism
- Ask your doctor about anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers to calm tense muscles
- See a physical therapist to learn what temporomandibular joint (TMJ) exercises relieve pain
As you seek ways to find relief for your TMJ pain while combatting fall allergies, Peak Physical Therapy & Wellness can help. Our staff is experienced in treating TMJ disorder, helping you to reduce swelling and pain. We strive to help you feel your best so you can perform best at work, home, and exercising. Contact Peak PT & Wellness Center
closest to you today and schedule your appointment.