Frustrated by Allergies or Sinusitis: Find Relief with North Texas Sinusitis Center
Sinus infections slow down your life. They turn what could be enjoyable, beautiful days into stuffy, snotty blurs and disrupt your routine by requiring constant doctor visits, shots, medications, and more.
Do you suffer from sinusitis? If so, you, like many of the millions of sufferers of sinusitis, also likely struggle from mild to severe airborne allergies. Allergies and sinus infections are connected and are often mistaken for one another due to the similarities of symptoms. However, they are two separate conditions that require the attention of a specialist.
What's the Difference Between Allergies and Sinusitis?
Discover if you’re suffering from sinusitis or an allergy-related condition like allergic rhinitis by learning about and observing your symptoms.
Sinusitis is commonly a viral infection that resolves in 7-10 days. When symptoms last for an extended time (chronic sinusitis) or are frequent (recurrent sinusitis), they become a more serious issue.
Sinus infections result in the inflammation of your sinuses, causing them to swell and block your airways. Swelling prevents your sinuses from draining, resulting in a buildup of mucus and germs. Symptoms of a sinus infection, known as sinusitis, include:
- Sinus Pressure
- Sore Throat
- Nasal Discharge
If you suffer from allergies, then you are well aware of the symptoms. These include congestion, stuffy and runny nose, and sinus pressure. Allergic rhinitis, unlike sinusitis, is not caused by a viral infection, it is due to an allergic reaction and commonly results in post-nasal drip, sneezing, and other cold-like symptoms.
Symptoms of allergic rhinitis not common with sinusitis include:
- Watery Eyes
Another difference is yellow or green discharge from your nose, which is common in sinusitis but not in allergic rhinitis.
If the symptoms above are common issues for you, you may be suffering from both allergic rhinitis and sinusitis. Dealing with both conditions complicates treatment and could be why you’re still dealing with symptoms after trying multiple forms of treatment.
Had Enough of Allergy and Sinus Symptoms? Your Treatment Options Are:
Patients come to North Texas Sinusitis Center from Dallas, Arlington, Fort Worth, Plano, Wichita Falls, and beyond. They are seeking an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor (ENT) who will treat their allergic rhinitis and sinusitis so they can stop fighting symptoms and experience long-term relief.
Treatments for allergic rhinitis vary from sinusitis medication and procedures because different issues cause them. Allergic rhinitis treatments include:
There are many sinusitis treatments, from short-term medications to surgical procedures, that are intended to fix nasal blockages permanently. Based on your condition, an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialist, also known as an otolaryngologist, can guide you through treatment options.
Common treatments include:
Since a blockage causes sinusitis in your sinus pathways, medication is not a long-term solution. You are likely to continue to experience sinus infections, leaving you searching for a long-term fix for the complications sinusitis throws into your life.
A Simple Office Procedure Can Provide Long-Term Symptom Relief: Balloon Sinuplasty
If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, you have a plumbing problem in your nose that medication is not going to cure. You probably do not want major sinus surgery either. We understand. At North Texas Sinusitis Center, we recommend safe, long-term chronic and recurrent sinusitis treatments.
Balloon Sinus Dilation, often called Balloon Sinuplasty, is a safe and simple office procedure that permanently enlarges sinus openings WITHOUT removing bone or tissue. Performed by our trained and experienced ENT, Dr. Gilmore places a tiny sinus balloon where your sinuses are blocked. The sinus balloon is inflated, deflated and then removed, allowing proper airflow to return to your sinuses.Learn More About Balloon Sinuplasty