Most people won’t think about their sinuses very much – until there’s a problem. An Atlanta ear, nose & throat (ENT) doctor can help provide nasal allergy treatment and other solutions that impact the sinuses.
These hollow spaces behind your cheeks, nose and forehead produce mucus that protects against bacteria and dirt. When a problem does occur, the swelling and inflammation can become painful and aggravating, and will be hard to ignore.
How Nasal Allergies Can Cause a Sinus Problem
Common allergens that irritate the nasal passages include pollen, pet dander, dust mites, dirt and so on. Allergic people will react to these allergens by producing chemicals such as histamines. In the nose, the result can be swelling of the inside nasal layer. The swelling may be incredibly painful and bring on cold-like symptoms due to excessive mucus production.
It can be tricky to tell the difference between a sinus infection and a problem caused by allergies. Both conditions can lead to overproduction of mucus and result in a runny nose or congestion. You may also feel sinus pressure from swelling of the nasal passages. Nasal allergies can sometimes lead to itchy eyes, which are less likely with an infection. Speaking to an ENT doctor in Johns Creek, Canton, or a nearby Georgia location will help with a diagnosis.
Why Should You Treat a Sinus Problem?
Some sinus problems will clear up without needing medication or treatment. Drinking water and rest can lead to the gradual easing of symptoms, but a more serious sinus problem could result in further issues. The build-up of mucus could cause a sinus infection that will only exacerbate the problem. In fact, an ear infection may be the side effect of congestion behind the eardrum. Also, mucus drainage down the throat could cause a sore throat and persistent cough.
Other Causes of Sinusitis
The other main causes of sinusitis are viral infections and bacterial infections. While milder cases may only require some rest and recuperation, it may be necessary to consult with a Georgia ENT to find the right treatment.
Viral infections are usually caused by the common cold. The overproduction of mucus leads to congestion in the sinus cavities. Most viral infections will clear up after roughly a week. An ENT may recommend medication such as a nasal spray to provide some relief.
A bacterial infection is one of the less common sinusitis causes. Also, a bacterial infection is usually more acute and will require medication from your ENT. Complications can follow if you don’t seek medical assistance.
Start Treating Your Nasal Allergies Today
Are you suffering from nasal allergies? Dr. Chacko has helped countless adults and children in the Atlanta area treat issues of the ear, nose and throat successfully. Visit us at one of our Georgia locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek. Make an appointment at the Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center by calling 678-668-4688.