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Allergy & Sinus

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is one of the most common chronic conditions in the US.

Individuals with allergic rhinitis develop allergy antibodies (IgE) targeted against allergens including pollen, animal proteins, dust mites, mold, and insect droppings. When these IgE antibodies bind allergens, nasal and sinus inflammation can occur resulting in recurrent symptoms of:

  • Itching of Nose, Mouth, Throat
  • Sneezing
  • Runny Nose
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Headache
  • Sleep Disturbance

Allergic rhinitis is known to adversely affect quality of life by:

  • Impairing Daily Activities
  • Decreasing Work Productivity
  • Impairing Cognitive Function
  • Disturbing Sleep

Allergists are considered the experts in allergic rhinitis and diagnose this condition by history and most commonly allergy skin tests (specific IgE blood tests can also be completed).

The goals of allergy treatment are to relieve and prevent allergy symptoms, reduce the impact of allergens on other chronic conditions (if present) including asthma and chronic sinusitis (please see below), and ultimately, improve quality of life.

The three primary options in the treatment of allergies are:

  • Avoidance Measures
  • Medications
  • Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots)

Immunotherapy can be a highly effective tool in the treatment of allergies.

By visiting an allergist, you too can take control of your allergies and improve your quality of life.


Sinusitis refers to inflammation of the sinuses and is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in the US. Sinuses are hollow, air filled cavities in the skull located in the nose, the cheeks of the face, the forehead, and behind the eyes. When the sinuses become inflamed and/or obstructed symptoms of sinusitis can occur including:

  • Runny Nose
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Reduced Sense of Smell
  • Facial Tenderness
  • Productive Cough

Causes of and conditions that predispose to sinusitis include:

  • Infection
  • Allergens
  • Smoking
  • Deviated Septum
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Ciliary Defects
  • Immune System Disorders
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Aspirin Sensitivity

Allergists are experts in sinusitis and diagnose this condition by history, rhinoscopy, and imaging of the sinuses. Allergists can also complete skin testing to assess for any allergenic triggers in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis.

The goals of sinus treatment are to prevent and relieve sinus symptoms.

Treatment options are varied and depend on the underlying cause(s).

By visiting an allergist, you too can take control of your sinusitis and improve your quality of life.