If you suffer from allergies, you know just how uncomfortable they can make even the most simple activities. Allergy-related conditions of the nose and sinuses can be particularly difficult to deal with, making it difficult to breathe and function optimally.
At Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic, our goal is to provide patients afflicted by allergy-related conditions of the nose and sinuses with the treatments they need to lead happy, healthy lives year round. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.
Allergic rhinitis develops when the immune system begins to overreact to allergens and irritants. This condition affects between 40 million and 60 million Americans and is characterized by the following symptoms:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Itchy mouth, skin, or eyes
Also referred to as hay fever, allergic rhinitis may be experienced seasonally or year-round. Patients with seasonal rhinitis typically experience symptoms in the spring, summer, and early fall caused by the mold spores and pollens that are airborne during these times. The symptoms of individuals affected by perennial rhinitis are usually caused by exposure to dust mites, pet hair and dander, cockroaches, or mold.
Our specialists at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic can provide patients with lifestyle recommendations, allergy-specific treatment options such as immunotherapy, and prescription medications to help combat the symptoms of this condition.
Non-allergic Rhinitis/Vasomotor Rhinitis
While the symptoms of non-allergic rhinitis are similar to those of allergic rhinitis, there is no evidence of an allergic reaction present. Also referred to as vasomotor rhinitis, the symptoms of non-allergic rhinitis can be triggered by a number of different things, including certain odors, airborne irritants, weather changes, certain medications and foods, and chronic health conditions. Depending on the cause and severity of each patient’s case of non-allergic rhinitis, a member of our medical staff may prescribe nasal sprays or oral decongestants to help improve their condition.
Nasal polyps are teardrop-shaped growths that can form in the nose or sinuses. These growths are noncancerous, and may go largely unnoticed by the affected individual. However, large or infected growths can manifest themselves in the following symptoms:
- Blocked or stuffy nose
- Postnasal drip
- Runny nose
- Itching around the eyes
Patients that develop these growths frequently may be affected by an inflammatory condition called nasal polyposis.
Also referred to as acute rhinosinusitis, acute sinusitis is a condition that causes the cavities around the nasal passages to become swollen and inflamed, causing mucus to build up over time. This can make it difficult for affected individuals to breathe through their noses and may cause swelling and throbbing in the face or head. While home remedies are often used to help manage many cases of acute sinusitis, our practice provides specialized evaluation and non-surgical treatment for this condition to provide rapid and lasting relief for this condition.
Cases of acute sinusitis that last more than 12 weeks are reclassified as chronic sinusitis and require medicated treatment. Our experts can provide patients with advanced and exhaustive evaluation for the underlying cause(s) for this very debilitating condition, and offer specialized management options.
Don’t let allergy-related conditions of the nose and sinuses get in the way of your daily happiness — contact Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic today to schedule a consultation appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!