Tuesday, March 27, 2018 12:45 AM

ASK A DOCTOR: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ALLERGY, SINUS INFECTION SYMPTOMS?

Dr. Greg May, Family Medicine at UT Erlanger Primary Care - Lookout Mountain Dr. Greg May, Family Medicine at UT Erlanger... Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. Q: Members of my family are chronic allergy sufferers, but sometimes it is hard to tell when it has become a sinus infection or something more. When is it more than just allergies? A: This is a very common question that we get in our clinic daily. Many illnesses, whether they are allergy mediated or caused by an infection, exhibit similar symptoms. However, the time course and severity of symptoms can differ. Allergy symptoms, or allergic rhinitis, are most often caused by environmental factors, such as indoor or outdoor allergens. These are very common in our area, especially different pollens and weeds. Allergic rhinitis usually presents after being exposed to these allergens at certain times of the year (spring and fall). Allergic rhinitis presents with itchy watery eyes, runny nose, dry cough and even headache and fatigue. However, these symptoms can be successfully treated with over-the-counter antihistamines and intranasal steroids. Sinusitis (more commonly known as a sinus infection) may present in a very similar way, but symptoms also may include fever, facial ...

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