Now that you understand the signs and symptoms that may occur from any of the limbs of chronic airway-digestive inflammatory disease (CAID), the next step is to accurately pinpoint which of the limbs you are currently experiencing, and where the cascade of symptoms began. For example, you may know that you suffer from seasonal allergies. Every fall, you might experience dry, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, and a constant feeling of postnasal drip. None of these symptoms really holds you back from your daily life, and knowing that they are “just” the result of allergies, you leave them alone, hoping that they will disappear once the leaves are finally swept away in late November.
Yet one October day you wake up with a pounding headache, and you are so fatigued that you can’t get out of bed. Your temperature is well above normal, your reflux is acting up, and you are feeling miserable. What happened? While your initial reaction might be to connect these more severe symptoms to a cold or the beginnings of the flu, in reality your untreated allergy symptoms spawned an infection in your sinuses. Had you treated your allergy symptoms earlier, you may have forgone these later, more distressing symptoms of CAID. It is scenarios
like this one that make having a proper diagnosis - and following up with the necessary treatment - paramount.