When your nose is stuffed up or runny, it can ruin your mood. The constant blowing of the nose, or the difficulty breathing can make life miserable. Sinus issues can be symptoms of allergies, infections, or other diseases or conditions.

What Are Sinuses?

The sinuses are cavities in the head that are connected by narrow channels. The sinuses make thin mucus to drain out the channels of the nose. This is done to keep the nose clean and bacteria free. A problem occurs when the sinuses become filled with fluid and blocked up. This can cause an infection. The largest sinus cavity is the maxillary cavity. This cavity is most likely to become infected.

What Is Causing My Sinus Issues?

Your sinus problems can be related to a cold, a sinus infection, allergies, or sinusitis. It can sometimes to be difficult to tell the difference between these options. Colds typically last a few days to a week and tend to peak then slowly disappear. However, a cold can become a sinus infection. If you feel as though your cold has developed into a sinus infection, see a healthcare provider. They will be able to determine the root issue of your sinus problems.

Those with allergies tend to experience the following symptoms: runny nose, post-nasal drip, sneezing, congestion, and itchy eyes and nose. Those with allergies should be aware of allergens to avoid as to minimize symptoms. Understanding what you are allergic to can help you determine exactly the cause of your symptoms. If you are allergic to cats but have not been around any, then your symptoms are probably not allergy related. Also, if you have a fever, it is not likely to be allergies causing your symptoms. You can have symptoms of allergies or sinusitis while struggling with a cold.

If you are struggling with sinus issues, a Board-Certified Allergist or an ENT can help you. If you are struggling with sinusitis caused by allergies, an allergist is your best bet. When dealing with sinusitis for other reasons, an ENT will be able to assist you best. To schedule an appointment with either an allergist or an ENT, please call (8430 797-8162 or schedule online.