Is it Allergies...or Sinusitis?(Sinus Pressure Relief)

Symptoms Are Similar

Experts say it's important patients know that while symptoms may seem similar, there are differences between allergies, a viral infection like a cold, and a bacterial sinus infection because treatment options differ. Fifty-one percent of physicians surveyed said they believe that patients with sinus-related symptoms wait too long before coming in to see them for treatment.

"Allergy symptoms tend to disappear when you are away from the source. In other words, when you're no longer near that cat or tree that makes you sneeze and your eyes itch or water, your symptoms will go away," said Dr. Robert Knox, an ear, nose and throat specialist from the University of Louisville.

"With a cold, the typical runny nose and other symptoms tend to go away or lessen after about a week. But a bacterial sinus infection lasts longer. The mucus tends to thicken and discolor, and there's usually pain associated with it."

Sinusitis

Sinusitis, caused by a bacterial infection, can occur as a late complication of a common cold. Nasal congestion produces swelling in the sinus cavity, obstructing drainage and causing mucus to stagnate. Unfortunately, this provides a perfect breeding ground for infection.

Sinusitis becomes chronic when it lasts longer than three months. Chronic sinusitis may be caused by a bacterial infection but is more often a chronic inflammatory disorder. Other causes for chronic sinusitis are immune problems or structural abnormalities in the nasal cavity.

Although colds are the most common cause of sinusitis, people suffering from allergies also may be predisposed to the development of sinusitis. Interestingly, in the survey endorsed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and supported by the Bayer Corporation, consumers reported 39 percent of their sinus infections began as simple allergies. According to Dr. Knox, as with colds, irritation from allergies can cause
sinuses to become inflamed and filled with mucus, resulting in blockage of vital nasal drainage-which also can cause infection.

Sinus infections generally require a combination of medications. Some medicines treat symptoms and others treat infections.

In addition to an appropriate antibiotic, when the sinus infection is bacterial, doctors also may prescribe a medicine to keep the sinus passages open by reducing obstruction and helping to control the allergy. The SinuPulse Elite® Advancxed Nasal / sinus Irrigation System is a soothing drug free device to relieve symptoms caused by sinus infections, allergies and the common cold including: post nasal drip, cough, congestion, sinus headaches, andirritated nasal passages. This natural drug free device helps prevent sinus infections and relieve associated pain and pressure.


Allergy Signs

  • Sneezing & a stuffy or runny nose
  • Clear or whitish nasal drip
  • Itchy watery eyes
  • A burning sensation in the eyes or nose

sinusitis Signs

  • Fever
  • Pain in the upper teeth
  • Pressure or paint in upper cheeks, top of nose, between eyes or forehead
  • Stuffed nose, mucous is thick and yellow, greenish or grayish
  • Symptoms last more than 10-14 days

Source: NAPSI


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