How Allergy Specialists Can Help Treat Sinusitis
Sinusitis is the inflammation of the sinus mucus membranes. The condition is caused by infections, allergies or congestion of the sinuses.
The symptoms of sinusitis will be different depending on the degree and location of inflammation in the sinuses. The most common symptom is nasal congestion often accompanied by nasal dripping.
The sinuses are usually filled with thick or dried secretions and when they obstruct the nasal passages congestion occurs. Other symptoms include the loss of sense of smell or taste, constant headaches, facial sensitivity, fatigue, lack of concentration, sleep apnea, bad breath and sore throat.
Allergies and Sinusitis
Allergic inflammation of the sinus mucosa can cause swelling and lead to nasal obstruction through increase in mucus production. The allergies are usually caused by an unusual immune response to allergens.
Common allergens that are responsible for sinusitis include pollen, house pets, dust mites and molds. The condition results when the allergic reaction occurs in the sinus passages.
Treatment of Sinusitis
The treatment involves allergen avoidance, medication and immunotherapy for management of the allergic segment of sinusitis. Immunotherapy is administered by professional allergy specialists. It involves administration of allergy vaccinations prescribed to prevent repeated attacks of allergy related sinusitis.
Of all the therapy offered for the respiratory allergy, injection therapy or immunotherapy is one of the most specific and effective treatment available in preventing recurrent sinusitis symptoms in sensitive patients. It is however, only successful if the suspected allergens are identified and incorporated into the allergy serum in recommended doses.
Comprehensive allergy history and skilled allergy testing have to be conducted by allergy specialists before any treatment can be administered. The allergy tests often involve imaging studies, nasal endoscopy, sweat tests, quantitative immunoglobins, biopsies, and nasal and sinus culture tests.
It is important to note that not all forms of immunotherapy are the same. Sublingual immunotherapy which involves placing allergen drops under the tongue is not an FDA-approved treatment for sinusitis. Patients should avoid specialists for advocate for such treatment. It may cause delays in the relief of symptoms and possibly worsen the sinusitis. Additionally, allergy specialists can also recommend an anti-alleric diet based on raw fruits, vegetables and seeds.
With so many causes of sinusitis, the role of allergy is often overlooked and not properly treated. Unfortunately, many chronic sufferers never seek the services of allergy specialists. This is despite the fact that immunotherapy is recognized as one of the best treatments for respiratory allergies. Treating the underlying nasal allergies will go a long way in decreasing the risk of sinus infections.