Mouth breathing and Allergies
Chronic Mouth breathing allows dust, pollen, pollution, and germs directly into the lungs,because the mouth has no filtration system. Mouth breathing will dry airways and produce more mucus. This excess mucus dries out becoming sticky and hard to shift, airways become too cold or too hot from the direct introduction of outside air into lungs and the airway become more irritated. Carbon dioxide levels become lower which can produce respiratory alkalosis because the hemoglobin forms a stronger bond with oxygen so less oxygen is released to the tissues (Bohr Effect). Smooth involuntary muscles wrapping the airway will contract and spasm, the chest tightness, may start wheeziness and feel breathlessness. More histamine released and you have increased inflammation (inflammation in the lungs and on the skin– eczema) The digestive tract is irritated and/or inflamed. The immune system becomes suppressed, more colds or chest infections, contributes to lung infections and bronchitis, increase symptoms of Asthma, hay fever, snoring, sleep Apnea, sinusitis, emphysema, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia to name a few.
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Over-breathing Increases Allergic Reactions
Histamine levels increase during prolonged over-breathing. Histamine is a substance secreted by mast cells during exposure to an allergen. This substance creates swelling (edema), local inflammation and constriction of the smaller airways (bronchiole). This is especially relevant to people with hay fever (rhinitis) and asthma.
How many of the following symptoms of hyperventilation do you have?
Respiratory system: wheezing, breathlessness, coughing, chest tightness, frequent yawning, snoring and sleep apnoea.
Nervous system: light-headed feeling, poor concentration, numbness, sweating, dizziness, vertigo, tingling of hands and feet, faintness, trembling and headache.
Heart: a racing heartbeat, pain in the chest region, and a skipping or irregular heartbeat.
Mind: some degrees of anxiety, tension, depression, apprehension and stress.
Other general symptoms include mouth dryness, fatigue, bad dreams, nightmares, dry itchy skin, sweaty palms, cramping, spasm, increased urination such as bed wetting or regular visits to the bathroom during the night, diarrhea, constipation, general weakness and chronic exhaustion.
Cardiologist Claude Lum who worked with respiratory conditions and studied hyperventilation extensively, comments that; “Hyperventilation presents a collection of bizarre and often apparently unrelated symptoms, which may affect any part of the body, and any organ or any system.”