Allergy vs. Sinus Infections Q&A
Do you experience a headache, facial pressure or pain, and chronic fatigue? Watery or itchy eyes indicate that you have seasonal allergies, whereas pain or pressure in the face accompanied by a headache and drowsiness usually indicates that you have a sinus infection. Itchy, watery eyes are a good way to tell the difference between allergies and sinus infections. Itching in the eyes is a very rare indication of a sinus infection. Visit Dr. Niraj Choudhary, MD, at Primary Care Center to alleviate your symptoms. We are conveniently located at 360 E Medical Center Blvd Suite A Webster TX 77598. For more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment online.
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What is the difference between allergies and sinus infections?
Can allergies feel like a sinus infection?
How can I tell if it’s allergies or a sinus infection?
How do you diagnose sinus infections and allergies?
Allergies and sinus infections can result in similar symptoms, making it hard to know for certain which issue you’re dealing with. Self-diagnosis can be tricky, which can make treating the problem even more difficult. Fortunately, as a leading practice in allergies and co-occurring sinus issues, we can help you navigate your condition so you can get back to living your best life.
At Primary Care Center, our team of allergy specialists can help you pinpoint if you’re experiencing an allergy, a sinus infection, or a combination of both. We’re dedicated to giving you the help and clarity you need to feel confident moving forward with treatment. For the highest level of care, contact us today or book an appointment online.
The commonality between allergies and sinus infections is that they can share some common symptoms and can also make you feel pretty miserable overall. However, these conditions are not the same, and the body responds to each of them in different ways.
Allergies occur when your immune system reacts, and often overreacts, to certain allergens being ingested or contacting the skin. Allergens may include substances such as certain proteins found in food, pollen, mold, dust, or pet dander.
A sinus infection, also known as sinusitis, occurs when the tissue in your nasal passages gets inflamed or infected.
Those who have nasal allergies are more prone to sinus infections, which is why it’s important to seek treatment if you’re experiencing consistent and/or disruptive allergy symptoms.
Allergies can often be misdiagnosed as sinus infections as they present many of the same symptoms – and this is especially true if you’re prone to nasal allergies.
The symptoms of allergies and sinus infections can overlap quite a bit, with both conditions often resulting in a stuffy nose and congestion. However, allergies may also result in the following symptoms:
• Runny nose
• Watery or itchy eyes
• Shortness of breath and/or wheezing
If you have a sinus infection, you’ll likely exhibit some or all of the following symptoms:
• Thick green and/or yellow-colored mucus
• The feeling of pain or pressure around your forehead, cheeks, and eyes
• Pain in your teeth
• Post-nasal drip
• Bad breath
• Sore throat
• Light fever
Differentiating between allergies and a sinus infection can be difficult, so consulting with your doctor or an allergist is often the recommended course of action. A healthcare provider can provide you with an accurate diagnosis as well as a treatment plan to help alleviate symptoms.
One of the best ways to distinguish allergies from sinus infections is by observing your symptoms.
Allergies will often result in itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, wheezing, and a runny nose—all of which are symptoms that are fairly uncommon with sinus infections.
A sinus infection will usually result in yellow or green nasal discharge and the feeling of pain or pressure around your forehead, cheeks, and eyes—symptoms that are not typically associated with allergies.
It can be difficult to know if the symptoms you’re experiencing are from a sinus infection or allergies because they often present similar symptoms. However, there are notable differences that can help make the diagnosis a little easier.
Allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis, are most often caused by environmental allergens, such as dander, pollen, dust mites, or mold. Itchy, watery eyes are a common allergy symptom that can be distinguished from a sinus infection.
In comparison, sinus infections are caused by a virus or bacteria that inflame the nasal tissue. It often results in the production of thick green or yellow nasal discharge, headache, pressure tenderness around the nose, cheeks, eyes, or forehead, sore throat, and cough,
If you’re having trouble figuring out whether you’re experiencing allergies or sinus issues, contact the professional and knowledgeable staff at Primary Care Center. Our team of allergy physicians will help you get an accurate diagnosis and will custom-build a plan tailored to your unique needs. Contact us for more information about our sinus and allergy services, or book online to schedule an appointment with one of our practitioners. We are conveniently located at 360 E Medical Center Blvd Suite A Webster, TX 77598. We serve patients from Webster TX, Bacliff TX, Dickinson TX, Seabrook TX, League City TX, and Clear Lake City TX. We look forward to serving you!
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