What is a Sinus Allergy?
A Sinus allergy, also known as allergic sinusitis, is an inflammation of the paranasal sinuses caused by an allergen that is breathed in. When these substances come in contact with the tissue of the respiratory system, an allergic reaction with inflammation and tightening of the air passages results. In an attempt to clear out the contaminants, the body releases mucus resulting in a runny nose.
Causes of a Sinus Allergy
Inflammation of the mucosal tissue within the respiratory system is caused by a number of allergens:
Symptoms of a Sinus Allergy
Diagnosing a Sinus Allergy
Many of the symptoms can be mixed up with a regular cold, but if you notice them recurring often after they have subsided, there is a good chance that it is an allergy. An otolaryngologist can analyze the symptoms and provide a concrete diagnosis. An allergy test may be administered to identify the particular cause of your sinus allergy.
Treatment for a Sinus Allergy
Once the allergen responsible for your sinus allergy has been identified, it is best to limit exposure to it. Antihistamines can alleviate immediate symptoms and decongestants can help you breathe better. More on sinus allergy treatment.