How Can I Tell if My Sinus Condition is Caused by Allergies?

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When you take a deep breath, you should feel relaxed, calm, and invigorated. But if you suffer from a nose or sinus condition, especially one caused by allergies, these inhalations might be difficult, annoying, and even painful. At Cherry Creek Face and Skin in Denver, CO, Dr. Raj TerKonda specializes in simple, noninvasive treatments to treat sinus conditions, including those caused by common allergens. Here’s how you can tell if your sinus condition is caused by allergies and what you can do about it.

What is a sinus condition?

A sinus condition (or sinusitis) is when the spaces inside your nose and head (called your sinuses) are inflamed and swollen. The condition is common, and it can affect anyone at any age. Sinusitis can be annoying and painful, and it can lead to difficulty breathing.

What causes sinus conditions?

Sinusitis can be caused by a number of reasons, including infection, small growths in the sinuses, and allergies. Allergic sinusitis is your body’s reaction to things you breathe in, such as dust, pollen, smoke, and animal dander.

While a family history of allergic sinusitis may make you more likely to be sensitive to certain allergens, anyone can develop allergies. This happens when you are exposed to the allergen repeatedly over time.

How do I know if my sinus condition is caused by allergies?

Knowing the cause of your sinus condition can help you find the right treatment to find relief. One primary sign that your sinus condition is caused by allergies is that it is accompanied by itchy eyes, nose, and throat.

Symptoms of a sinus condition caused by allergies include:

  • Nasal congestion (such as sneezing and runny nose)

  • Post nasal drip (secretions from your nose that drain into your throat)

  • Itchy eyes, throat, and nose

  • Headache, tenderness, pain, pressure, or swelling around your forehead, nose, cheeks, and between your eyes

How can I treat allergic sinusitis?

At Cherry Creek Face and Skin in Denver, CO, we offer many noninvasive options to treat nose and sinus conditions:

  • VivAer®: A procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to reshape the cartilage in your nose, opening up the nasal valve. This creates more room inside your nose and can help with difficulty breathing through the nose.

  • RhinAer®: A procedure that disrupts signals that can cause chronic rhinitis.

  • Turbinate Reduction: A procedure that is performed when the turbinate (tiny structures in your nose) is larger than normal and causes nasal obstruction, leading to congestion, migraines, or nosebleeds.

  • Balloon Sinuplasty: A procedure where a small balloon is used to dilate (or open) the opening of your sinus cavity.

When should I treat allergic sinusitis?

If your quality of life is negatively affected by allergic sinusitis, including difficulty breathing, a persistent runny nose, or pain in the sinus area, you may benefit from treatment at our office in Denver, CO. The sooner you seek treatment, the quicker you will experience results that can improve your quality of life.

Find relief from allergic sinusitis in Denver, CO

Sinus conditions, including allergic sinusitis, can put a damper on your quality of life. If you’re seeking relief from your sinus condition caused by allergies, schedule a consultation at Cherry Creek Face and Skin in Denver, CO with Dr. Raj TerKonda. Many of our treatments are noninvasive and provide immediate relief. Contact our team to learn more.

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