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A 49-year-old member asked:

allergies or a sinus infection, what's the difference?

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Dr. Marino Tavarez
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That is a million: dollar question! In theory - allergies are cause by environmental triggers and cause inflammation. A sinus infection is caused by a bug - virus, fungus or bacteria. Many sinus sufferers have allergies - but not all. Some chronic sinusitis is caused by very narrow anatomy in sinus cavities. Careers have been made trying to answer these questions effectively in a given person

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What can you do to tell the difference between a sinus infection and allergies?

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Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Rhinosinusitis: By saying allergies i suppose you refer to allergic rhinitis when you have seasonal sneezing spells, watery and itchy eyes and nose. Sinusitis and rhinitis are usually go together due to their anatomical proximity and they share the same mucus membrane lining. Sinusitis tends to cause more headache, sense of heaviness and fullness and sometimes affecting your sense of smells.

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