How Do I Know If It’s Sinus or Allergies?
Sometimes it can get confusing to know the difference between the symptoms of allergies and sinus. If you are worried about allergies or sinus, Allergy and Asthma Center provides treatment for allergies and sinus. Visit us at a location near you. For more information, please call us or schedule an appointment with us.
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So how do I know if it’s sinus or allergies?
Can you test for a sinus infection? Can you test for allergies?
What are the treatments for allergies and sinus infections?
Do you offer allergy and sinus infection testing and treatments near me?
If you have the symptoms of an allergy or a sinus infection, it can be hard to tell which condition you have. Also, because the conditions are different, they need to be treated differently. You’ll likely benefit from testing with us here at Allergy & Asthma Center. You may benefit from treatment too. Contact us to learn more about allergies and sinus infections and what we can do to help!
Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to an allergen like pollen or dust. A sinus infection, also known as sinusitis, occurs when the nasal passage gets infected. The conditions can have similar symptoms like congestion and stuffy nose, but the conditions are quite different.
It’s possible to have allergies at any point in your life even though they tend to be most common during childhood. It’s also possible for allergies to lead to a condition called allergic rhinitis. With this condition, itchy eyes is a common symptom in addition to the other symptoms caused by a sinus infection or allergies. If itchy eyes is one of your symptoms, then your condition likely isn’t sinusitis and likely is allergies. However, if pain around your cheeks and eyes is a symptom you’re having, or possibly thick, discolored mucus, then you likely have a sinus infection.
It’s actually possible to have both conditions at the same time. This can cause even more confusion, so it’s often best to get professional testing and treatment.
It’s possible to test for a sinus infection, either with a nasal endoscopy or imaging. Testing for allergies is possible too, and with a skin prick test, a professional can determine which allergens you’re allergic to. We can provide the necessary tests here at Allergy & Asthma Center and proceed with the appropriate treatment.
The treatments for each can be similar. If severe congestion is one of your symptoms, then an over-the-counter or prescription decongestant can help you. Commonly, allergies are treated with antihistamines, and some antihistamine products can have an added decongestant. However, these treatments won’t get rid of a sinus infection. To address a viral sinus infection, resting, drinking plenty of fluids, and using a saline spray will help. With that said, sometimes the best way to deal with a viral infection is to wait it out and manage the symptoms. However, sometimes a sinus infection is bacterial, in which case a prescription antibiotic will clear it up quickly. We provide these treatments and more here at Allergy & Asthma Center.
Allergy & Asthma Center has 3 locations in the Georgia area, so if you live in the area, you can come see us at the location nearest you. Go ahead and contact us to learn more about our treatments and our clinics. We’re here for you if you have any questions for us whatsoever, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you believe we can help you here at Allergy & Asthma Center.
We look forward to helping and treating you soon!