Seasonal Allergies And Sinusitis Specialist

AIR Care

Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology located in Dallas, TX & Plano, TX

The stuffy, runny nose associated with seasonal allergies often creates just the right environment for developing sinusitis. Dr. Richard Herrscher is an award-winning allergist who can help tame your allergies and reduce your odds of coming down with a sinus infection. Call for your appointment with Dr. Herrscher today at AIR Care in Dallas or Plano, Texas, or use his convenient online scheduling service.

Seasonal Allergies and Sinusitis Q & A

What is sinusitis?

Your sinuses are air-filled cavities located in the bony structure of your cheeks, behind your forehead and eyebrows, on either side of the bridge of your nose, and directly behind your nose in front of your brain.

Sinuses help trap bacteria and other debris that enter through your nasal passages as you breathe. This produces mucus that travels through small channels from your sinuses back to your nose. This mucus is expelled when you blow your nose, or it may drain down the back of your throat as postnasal drip.   

Sinusitis occurs when viruses or bacteria infect the sinus membranes and multiply. Your body reacts to the infection with swelling of the tissues lining the sinuses. This blocks the channels that typically drain them and causes mucus and pus to build up in your sinus cavities.

Symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Nasal drainage for more than three to four weeks that’s cloudy or green
  • A stuffy, congested, or blocked nose
  • Pain, pressure, or sensation of fullness in your upper cheeks or around your eyes
  • Tooth pain and bad breath
  • Headache that’s focused in your forehead that may worsen when you bend over
  • Cough, fever, and fatigue

How do seasonal allergies cause sinusitis?

Allergies often cause nasal irritation and inflammation (rhinitis) as your body attempts to flush out inhaled particles that trigger your reaction, which also causes swelling and congestion of the sinus passages or channels through which your sinuses drain. This results in a buildup of mucus and pus that can lead to sinus infections.

Pollens cause seasonal allergy symptoms that you may only experience whenever certain plants or trees are blooming. If you develop a sinus infection every spring, allergies may be the underlying cause. Molds, dust mites, and pet dander in your home cause year-round issues that may lead to chronic sinus infections.

What is the treatment for seasonal allergies and sinusitis?

The best treatment for you depends on the cause of your symptoms. A bacterial sinus infection may require treatment with antibiotics. For seasonal allergies and allergic rhinitis, Dr. Herrscher may recommend:

  • Antihistamines delivered via eye drops, nasal spray, or oral medication
  • Testing to determine what’s triggering your symptoms
  • Immunotherapy via drops under your tongue to help control your immune system’s overreaction to certain triggers
  • Nasal washes with saline to clear debris from your sinus passages

Dr. Herrscher dedicates his time to treating you with a focus on health maintenance and longevity, which means he’ll develop a plan that keeps you feeling healthy as it relieves your symptoms.