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Sometimes, despite aggressive allergy treatment, nasal congestion persists. It’s possible that the culprit is sinusitis.
Sinusitis, not to be confused with rhinitis, is characterized by inflammation of the nasal passages and sinuses. Swelling can cause sinus drainage passages to become blocked and mucus to accumulate. This can lead to symptoms of facial pressure, nasal congestion, and drainage of thick, discolored mucus.
Allergies are one several sources of inflammation in the sinuses. When you have allergies, your immune system tries to fight off harmless substances known as allergens (e.g., pollen, dust mites, animal dander, molds). In doing so, the immune system causes inflammation that results in swelling of the nasal passages and sinuses as well as increased mucus production.
Sinusitis can also develop after a cold or other viral infection.
It’s sometimes difficult to distinguish between allergies and sinusitis because their symptoms overlap. The following are some of the ways to tell the difference.
Along with a stuffy nose, other symptoms of allergies include:
In addition to stuffy nose, sinusitis can also cause:
Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center is a regional care center with 15 board certified allergists to serve you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or to learn more about our allergy practices in the Charlotte area.
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