Allergy Problems: Causes & Treatments
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, over 50 million people in the United States have some type of allergy every year. Some only have allergy flare-ups during certain seasons when pollen and mold are kicked up. Others experience indoor allergies from pet dander, dust mites, etc. Allergies can be seasonal or last all year long. Allergies are your body’s immune system response to a foreign substance. Your system overreacts and produces antibodies to fight the allergen. This may cause the linings of your nose and sinuses to become inflamed as they work to rid your body of the allergens.
At Biltmore ENT, we focus on treating allergies that result in sinus issues. We help patients understand how their sinuses are reacting to their allergies and offer treatments for relief.
Symptoms of Allergies
If you have allergies, you will most likely experience a stuffy nose and sneezing along with watery, itchy eyes. If your allergies develop into a sinus infection, you might also start to have more uncomfortable symptoms such as:
- Post-nasal drip
- Facial pain and pressure
- Thick mucus
- Sore throat
Possible Side Effect of Allergy Problems
Your allergies or sinus problems may result in Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and ultimately an ear infection. The Eustachian tube connects your middle ear with the back of your nose and contains a valve that opens and closes to allow air to move in and out. If this tube becomes clogged or infected because the valve remains open or closed for too long, you can experience fullness and pressure. You may also hear your own voice or breathing in your ears.
Chronic sinus issues can be the result of allergic sinusitis. We typically say you have chronic sinusitis if your symptoms last longer than 12 weeks. If over-the-counter treatments such as saline or corticosteroid nasal sprays or decongestants aren’t giving you lasting relief from your symptoms, it may be time to get professional help.
Our ear, nose and throat doctors in Phoenix will make a treatment recommendation after we have fully assessed your condition and identified the source of your discomfort. Click the links below to learn more about these treatment options:
You Have Questions: We Have Answers
We are trained to help answer such questions as:
- Can chronic sinus issues be caused by allergies?
- Why does my face hurt?
- Why can I hear my own breathing?
- Do I have allergies or COVID?
- Are allergies serious?
- Why do I have allergies?
- And many more
More importantly, we can offer treatments for relief.
Our team at Biltmore ENT is ready to help you find out if you have allergies and offer allergy treatments in Phoenix. Contact our office today at (602) 956-1250 or click here to request an appointment.