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Doctor insights on: Allergies Vs Sinus Problems

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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Sinus problems, recurrent infections, because of allergy?

Sinus problems, recurrent infections, because of allergy?

Sinusitis + allergy: Allergies are one of the commonest causes of sinusitis, or sinus infections. This happens because nasal allergies make the membranes inside the nasal cavity and sinus cavities swell. When they swell, they block the tiny openings that connect the sinus cavity to the nasal cavity and bacteria trapped behind the blocked openings or ostia, then grow very numerous; next, your body sends white cells. ...Read more

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Can chronic sinus and allergy trouble cause kerotoconjunctivitis sicca?

Can chronic sinus and allergy trouble cause kerotoconjunctivitis sicca?

No: Keratoconjunctivitis sicca is usually due to inadequate tear production from lacrimal hyposecretion or to excessive tear evaporation. Allergic conjunctivitis usually presents with eye itching and watering. Aging is one of the most common causes of dry eyes because tear production decreases with age. Certain medications and contact lenses have also been implicated. ...Read more

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How to differentiate between Allergy symptoms vs. Chronic sinusitis symptoms. (Because sometimes allergy is the cause behind sinus problems!!)?

How to differentiate between Allergy symptoms vs. Chronic sinusitis symptoms. (Because sometimes allergy is the cause behind sinus problems!!)?

Allergies/sinusitis: It can be difficult to differentiate. Allergy symptoms usually are runny nose, sneezing, itchy watery eyes, nasal congestion, itchy and irritated throat. Chronic sinusitis is mostly thick discharge, nasal congestion and sinus pressure. Ultimately, it may be necessary to see an ENT allergist or Allergy/immunologist to do thorough history exam, possibly imaging and allergy testing. ...Read more

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Can allergies cause sinus infections and migraines?

Can allergies cause sinus infections and migraines?

Stuffy nose: With chronic sinus congestion, pressure changes in sinuses causes severe headaches sometimes. Relieve allergic rhinitis, clean out sinuses, do those nasal irrigations, take your allergy medicines, and your headaches will subside. Go on a plane or dive with sinus congestion and you will be in trouble from the change in pressure. ...Read more

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Can GERD or LPR cause sinus and ear problems ?

Can GERD or LPR cause sinus and ear problems ?

Yes = atypical GERD: Healthtap is full of answers regarding gerd's causes, variations, and approaches for treatment ; prevention. Ear, nose, and throat manifestations of lpr commonly include the throat, ears, airway, etc. Please type "gerd" in the search box, and i think you'll find all the responses you could want! ...Read more

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Tonsil and earache, common cold or sinus problems?

Tonsil and earache, common cold or sinus problems?

Thanks for asking!: If you are saying that you have enlarged tonsils and an earache, it is time for you to be examined by a physician. To answer your question, it could be a more serious bacterial infection, which could include 'sinus problems.' while there are viral infections that can cause similar symptoms, we don't typically see the 'common cold' cause significant tonsillar enlargement or pain. ...Read more

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Difference between sinusitis, sinus cancer and hay fever ?

Difference between sinusitis, sinus cancer and hay fever ?

A lot: Sinusitis means infection in the sinus cavities usually from obstruction in the opening thereby obstructing drainage. Sinus cancer is rare and means just that. Hay fever involves only the nasal cavities and the symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose etc due to allergies usually to airborne allergens. By the way, if the nose is stuffy most of the time, it may lead to sinusitis. ...Read more

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Can nasarel nasal spray cause dental and sinus problems?

Can nasarel nasal spray cause dental and sinus problems?

Probably not: Any over the counter nasal spray used for more than a few days may cause a condition called rhinitis medicamentosa. This condition may lead to irreversible damage to cilia (small hairs of the mucosa) and rebound where the nose is worse than before you started the medication. Any nasal condition, whether allergic or non-allergic should be managed by an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Is there association between asthma, bronchitis, chronic sinusitis, respiratory tract infection and pulmonary hypertension?can they affect each other?

Is there association between asthma, bronchitis, chronic sinusitis, respiratory tract infection and pulmonary hypertension?can they affect each other?

Lung conditions : The conditions you mentioned affect lungs and linings of upper respiratory airways; they are apparently not inter-related. That said, some patients with chronic bronchitis may get frequent respiratory tract infections. One of the late and severe complications from chronic bronchitis can be pulmonary hypertension but there are other causes for the condition. ...Read more

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My xray said all 4 sinuses hazy-pansinusitis. Is it some different form of sinusitis? Can ibd cause chronic sinus problems?

Effects all sinuses: This is not likely related to your ibd but may be associated or aggravated by immunosuppressive therapy. This may require treatment with decongesting or irrigation or drainage. ...Read more

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Is sinus congestion usually associated with allergies?

Is sinus congestion usually associated with allergies?

Frequently: This time of year ragweed allergy causes trouble. Allergy symptoms are generally considered to be sneezing, eye watering, itching, nasal drainage, nasal obstruction. Colds and sinus infection can also cause nasal congestion. ...Read more

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Can food allergies cause sinusitis?

Can food allergies cause sinusitis?

No: It's not impossible for food allergies to cause nasal inflammation, but it is unusual. It's much more likely to happen in children. If you're talking about a long term, steady chronic sinus problem, then it's not likely a food allergy. Environmental allergies (pollens, dust, etc) commonly cause or worsen sinus problems. ...Read more

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Can pollens cause a sinus infection?

Secondarily: If you have an allergy which produces swelling in your nostrils this may block drainage from the frontal and maxillary sinuses and this may result in sinus infection. ...Read more

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Can sinus allergies cause coughing ?

Can sinus allergies cause coughing ?

Yes: The same allergens that trigger your sinuses to fill can also cause inflammation in your nose and cause the secretions (mucous) to drip from your nose into your throat causing a pretty significant, at times, cough. ...Read more

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Is there any correlation between low Vitamin D levels & issues such as blocked nose, poor sinus performance and/or allergy like symptoms of nasal area?

Is there any correlation between low Vitamin D levels & issues such as blocked nose, poor sinus performance and/or allergy like symptoms of nasal area?

Vitamin D: There is no cause and effect relationship. It is very difficult for an individual in the west with a typical diet to be Vitamin D deficient. You need to be evaluated by an allergist. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more