More than 50 million Americans are affected by allergic diseases, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Many sinus sufferers confuse cold symptoms, such as a runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes, with what, in fact, may be a serious sinus condition, a sinus infection, or sinus allergies, or a combination.
Allergies are a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. Common food allergies are dairy, wheat, and nuts. Allergic reactions can stem from many environmental surroundings such as dust mites, pollen, bees, grass, etc, and can also be seasonal. Allergies can change over time and from exposure.
Sinuses are a connected system of cavities in the nasal area. Most of the sinuses drain into the nose through a small channel or drainage pathway. Allergies can cause the sinus to overreact, causing mucus, stuffiness, sneezing, and itching.
When the sinus cavities get infected it is called sinusitis. The lining of the sinus becomes inflamed or swells. Sinuses are normally filled with air, but swelling can cause the cavity to be filled with fluid or germs that can grow and cause an infection. Allergies are a common in causing sinusitis.
Conditions that can cause sinus blockage include the common cold, allergic rhinitis (swelling of the lining of the nose), nasal polyps (small growths in the lining of the nose), or a deviated septum (a shift in the nasal cavity).
If you suffer from allergies or think you may, you should see your doctor. Treatment for allergies varies based on what your symptoms are: itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, or skin irritation. New allergies can be treated differently than allergies you may have had your whole life or for many years. Forms of treatment include antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, topical creams, or allergy shots.
The Urgent Care can help you determine treatment for your allergies and/or sinus infection and sinus relief needs.
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