Finding the Cause of Your Sinus Problems
Inflammation of the sinuses can be a particularly painful and aggravating illness. Swollen sinuses usually cause pain across the nose and cheeks, a persistent headache and a runny nose as well. If the sinusitis has been caused by a virus or bacteria, an ear, nose & throat (ENT) doctor can offer a sinus infection treatment. However, an ENT may recommend that their Atlanta patients consult with an allergy doctor. Sinus problems caused by allergies require an experienced allergist to ensure they don’t develop into persistent issues.
How an Allergy Doctor Can Treat Sinusitis
A consultation with an allergy doctor can determine whether or not your sinus problems are caused by allergies. Your doctor will first discuss any history of allergies and their triggers. It may be necessary to take an allergy test to discover the precise cause of your allergies. The most common allergy tests are the skin prick test, blood test and oral challenge test.
After diagnosing your allergies, appropriate treatment can be administered. These include the following.
Seasonal allergies such as hay fever could lead to sinus problems. Nasal inflammation can sometimes result from regular sneezing and a runny nose. Antihistamines may be enough to get the allergy under control and prevent future issues.
Steroid Nasal Spray
Steroid nasal sprays are an alternative way to deal with swelling caused by nasal congestion. Prescription steroid sprays or drops are stronger than the over-the-counter options, but they may need to be used for weeks to clear up the sinus problems.
Viruses and allergies are common causes of sinusitis. These types of sinus problems don’t usually require antibiotics. There will be occasions when a severe infection does lead to persistent inflammation and illness, where antibiotics will be an option.
Alternative Treatments for Sinus Problems
Less severe sinus problems will often clear up with simple home remedies.
- Avoid allergic triggers
- Drink plenty of water
- Get enough sleep
- OTC painkillers
- Natural decongestants
Ongoing Allergy Treatments
If allergy-related problems with your sinuses are occurring regularly, your allergist can discuss appropriate treatments.
Avoiding allergy triggers will prevent reactions. The allergies that lead to sinus infections, like dust, pollen, mold and animal dander can be difficult to avoid. Being conscious of your home and the environments you spend time in is the best way to reduce your risks.
Immunotherapy involves receiving regular allergy shots to build up your immunity to an allergen. This process won’t cure your allergy, but it will increase tolerance levels. An effective immunotherapy treatment should greatly reduce your chances of experiencing sinus problems from an allergic reaction.
Don’t Delay Treating a Sinus Problem
Are you looking for an effective solution for your sinus problem? Dr. Chacko can help diagnose and treat sinusitis from one of our allergy treatment center locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek. Call now to make an appointment with Chacko Allergy at 678-668-4688.