The Difference Between Allergies and Sinusitis

Dec 15, 2018

misc image

The Difference Between Allergies and Sinusitis

Symptoms of allergies and sinusitis are so similar that they are often mistaken for one another. Both can lead to a runny or stuffy nose for an extended period of time sometimes paired with facial pressure and pain. Treating these conditions begins by diagnosing the underlying reason behind the symptoms. Below are some key differences between allergies and sinusitis.

Allergies can sometimes lead to sinusitis. When dealing with allergies, your nasal passageways will swell and secrete mucus in an attempt to flush out the allergens. Sinusitis can easily develop in a person who suffers from allergies because the sinuses are regularly inflamed and swollen. Allergies can be both seasonal or indoor. Pollen and grasses can lead to irritation of the sinuses as can dust and pet dander. When dealing with allergies, symptoms will be noticeable almost immediately after coming into contact with your triggers.

Symptoms of allergies include:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Frequent sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes

Sinusitis can be the result of allergies, the common cold, or a bacterial infection. Unlike allergies, symptoms are not immediately noticeable but rather time take to settle. Symptoms of sinusitis are a bit more severe and harder to deal with than allergies. Sometimes antibiotics are necessary to deal with chronic sinusitis.

Symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Thick mucus
  • A sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Mild fever
  • Body aches

If your sinus conditions persist or worsen over time, seek medical attention from the sinus experts at Vitale ENT. Let us diagnose your sinus problems and offer specialized treatments, like balloon sinuplasty to improve the health and effectiveness of your sinuses.

Make your appointment today by calling 813-406-4400.