Spring is around the corner, which means the start of the dreaded pollen season. Seasonal allergies cause swelling in the tissue of the sinuses, which can restrict airflow and making it difficult to breathe. When the sinus openings are blocked, they become the perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that causes sinus infections.
In the United States, over 37 million people suffer from chronic sinusitis, and the vast majority of these people experience sinusitis because of allergies. It may be possible to avoid some cases of sinusitis by making an effort to open the sinus cavities.
There are a variety of ways to help reduce nasal blockage. Over the counter and prescription antihistamines are beneficial for many people. Nasal sprays can help open blocked by mucus, as well.
When allergies persist over more than week, as they often do in the spring, your nasal cilia are working nonstop, trying to remove the pollen. Over time, you may notice pain in your face or your upper teeth may ache, which is often indicative of a sinus infection from the blockage. When you start to feel pain, it is important to make an appointment with your doctor to avoid lasting damage to the nasal tissues.
Don’t wait for your seasonal allergies to make you miserable. Atlanta ENT is happy to provide an allergy consultation and help determine the best course of action to help relieve symptoms and prevent chronic sinusitis this spring.
Ramie A. Tritt, MD, President of Atlanta ENT