2 doctors weighed in:

I've got allergic rhinitis and and maybe sinusitis; so have to take antibiotics?

2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Not if treated

The sinus inflammation caused by allergies makes a great environment for bacteria to grow.
That is why people with uncontrolled allergies are at greater risk for sinus infections, and wind up taking antibiotics more often than non-allergic people. Keeping the allergies under good control by avoiding your allergens and using nasal steroid sprays will help prevent recurrent infections.

In brief: Not if treated

The sinus inflammation caused by allergies makes a great environment for bacteria to grow.
That is why people with uncontrolled allergies are at greater risk for sinus infections, and wind up taking antibiotics more often than non-allergic people. Keeping the allergies under good control by avoiding your allergens and using nasal steroid sprays will help prevent recurrent infections.
Dr. Gary Steven
Dr. Gary Steven
Thank
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Rarely.

Allergic rhino sinusitis is usually treated with nasal steroids, saline, and an antihystamine.
If this doesn't work seeing an allergist and getting immune therapy will help.

In brief: Rarely.

Allergic rhino sinusitis is usually treated with nasal steroids, saline, and an antihystamine.
If this doesn't work seeing an allergist and getting immune therapy will help.
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified, Pediatrics
32 years in practice
2M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors