Guess what y’all! Allergic rhinitis aka. chronic stuffiness is an autoimmune condition! Who knew! I didn’t until I started seeing the autoimmune patients talking about it on an autoimmune message board. I had no idea this was the case, but apparently like the situation with acne, chronic nasal stuffiness is a fucking autoimmune disease. Just like literally anything and everything else that implicates chronic inflammation — it’s not a small deal, it’s not an inconvenience or a quirk, in reality, whenever you experience inappropriate inflammation anywhere in your body, it’s your defective immune system wildly attacking you. This also includes “stuffiness” of tear ducts, salivary glands and probably a hundred more things I can’t even currently think of or have yet to come across and I have had reason to intensively investigate autoimmune conditions for 6 years now.
So congratulations sufferers of dry eye, dry mouth, and a million other tiny annoyances you probably never thought were actually extremely, extremely serious: you are now a member of a club you’ve never even heard of and definitely do not want to join. The “club” of autoimmune patients who are incurably, progressively ill who will only get worse over time and who can therefore reliably watch their quality of life and their “lives” — meaning their social and financial presence — degrade and disappear like a fart in the wind. So now considering everyone with the biggies like MS, Crohn’s, RA and other very disabling (yet still maddeningly invisible) autoimmune diseases as well as everyone with the unacknowledged ones like acne, allergic rhinitis and even autism, does anyone have an appropriately functioning immune system anymore? Do they? This is frightening.
Here is a vid that has gotten a stunning number of views on YouTube considering it’s just some dude talking for 12 minutes about how to wean yourself off of over the counter nasal spray. Of course this only begs the question, why can’t so many people breathe through their noses? Why are people losing sleep — and having full-blown panic attacks — because they can’t breathe normally anymore if they ever could? What the fuck is going on with widespread chronic “inflammation” aka. people’s immune systems?
I have been “addicted” to nasal spray on and off for a decade (and have taken Benadryl every night to help me sleep and to alleviate nighttime stuffiness for probably 2 decades by now) and every time I do the squirt-n-sniff I remind myself of Ricky from Better off Dead. You know, the neighbor’s creepy “reptilian son” who “sits in the house crocheting all day and snorting nasal spray.” Leave it to an 80s teen comedy to make fun of a chronically ill teenager, but to be fair, Ricky’s character is unsympathetic as a relentless sexual predator and no one has really called attention to the apparent fact that chronic stuffiness is an indicator of autoimmune disease (if not a discrete autoimmune condition in and of itself). And by the by, obesity is probably an autoimmune condition too, where doctors and Western medicine as a whole are too incompetent and above all too woman-hating to distinguish body fat from systemic chronic inflammation. So yeah, Ricky from Better off Dead is “comically fat” but so is his mother, where autoimmune disease (and obesity) tends to run in families, is largely untreatable and is impossible to cure. Sound familiar? It does to me.