Allergic Sinusitis

Sinusitis, an ailment characterized by the inflammation or swelling of the sinus tissue, poses a significant challenge to those affected, as it leads to the obstruction of the cavities, resulting in a buildup of mucus that is often challenging to discharge.

Without adequate drainage, these cavities become ideal breeding grounds for germs, ultimately culminating in an infection. Depending on the duration of its occurrence and responsiveness to treatment, sinusitis can manifest as either chronic or acute.

Symptoms of Sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis is a condition characterized by persistent symptoms for over three months, despite undergoing proper treatment.

Unlike acute sinusitis, a temporary infection often associated with an underlying illness such as the common cold or influenza, chronic sinusitis may exhibit short periods of relief followed by a recurrence of unresolved symptoms. The indications of chronic sinusitis are inclusive of, but not limited to, the following symptoms:


  • Inflammation or obstruction of the nasal passages
  • A thick, colored mucus secretion from the nose
  • Symptoms of postnasal drip (mucus running down your throat) and coughing
  • Swelling, pain, or tenderness around the eyes, cheeks, nose, or forehead
  • Reduction in the sense of taste or smell
  • An earache
  • An ache in the upper jaw and teeth
  • The throat is sore
  • Tiredness

Causes of Sinusitis

The following are some of the common causes of chronic sinusitis:

Viral Infection:

The etiology of sinusitis is commonly due to a viral pathogen, including rhinovirus, influenza, and other respiratory viruses.

These infectious agents instigate an inflammatory response within the paranasal sinuses, predisposing individuals to develop acute or chronic sinusitis.

Bacterial Infection:

Sinusitis, a commonly occurring inflammation of the sinuses, may also be caused by bacterial infections, albeit less frequently than other etiologies.

Colonizing bacteria in the nasal or pharyngeal regions can lead to the intrusion of pathogens into the sinuses, resulting in infection.


The occurrence of sinusitis can be due to allergies, as it sets off an inflammatory response in the sinuses. Allergic reactions may result in the overproduction of mucus, which can obstruct the sinus passages and eventually lead to sinusitis.

Structural Abnormalities:

Structural anomalies within the nasal passages, including deviations in the septum or the growth of nasal polyps, may lead to sinusitis by impeding proper drainage and ventilation of the sinuses.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Sinusitis

If one suspects chronic or acute sinusitis, Juniper Allergy has a team of specialized allergy professionals that can assist.

Following an initial consultation, a thorough assessment of an individual’s medical background and presenting symptoms will be conducted, in addition to a comprehensive physical examination.

It will facilitate the identification of the causes. In the event of a suspected allergic etiology, a cutaneous test will be proposed to pinpoint the allergenic agent(s) responsible for the clinical presentation.

In cases where sinusitis persists despite multiple treatment attempts, medical practitioners may elect to conduct a mucus culture analysis to determine the infection’s causative agent(s).

Upon obtaining a conclusive diagnosis, healthcare professionals will work with affected individuals to devise an individualized care plan tailored to their needs and circumstances.

The course of action for treating sinus infections encompasses the mitigation of inflammation within the nasal passages and sinus cavities, in addition to identifying and eliminating the underlying causative agent. Prescription of nasal sprays, oral medications (including antihistamines or antibiotics), and a saline nasal irrigation regime may be implemented by your healthcare provider.

In cases where conventional treatment approaches do not alleviate the symptoms of sinusitis, a referral to an ENT specialist may be necessary for further examinations, such as a CT scan or nasal endoscopy, and surgical interventions.

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We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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If you suffer from Allergic Sinusitis our team is happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss your specific treatment needs. You can call (210) 888-1297 or email to discuss the next steps.

Author: Dr. Amanda Trott, MD
NPI number: 1568653756
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