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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:

  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Pet dander
  • Aerosol chemicals such as those in perfume and other household products
  • Symptoms of a Sinus Allergy

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • 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.

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