Chronic Sinusitis & Allergies

An Otolaryngic (ENT) Allergist has received specialized training in diagnosing and treating allergic diseases of the upper respiratory tract including the ear, nose, throat, and sinuses and is best suited to manage all aspects of an allergy patient’s care, including surgery, when necessary. Examples of surgical problems often seen in allergy patients include nasal polyps, deviated nasal septum, and chronic sinusitis.

What are the symptoms of sinusitis versus an allergy or a cold?

Sign/Symptom Sinusitis Allergy Cold
Facial Pressure/Pain Yes Sometimes Sometimes
Duration of Illness Over 14 days Varies Under 10 days
Nasal Discharge white/clear Clear, thin, watery Thick, whitish or thin
Fever Sometimes No Sometimes
Headache Sometimes Sometimes Sometimes
Pain in upper teeth Sometimes No No
Bad Breath Sometimes No No
Coughing Sometimes Sometimes Yes
Nasal Congestion Yes Sometimes Yes
Sneezing No Sometimes Yes

What can I expect at my visit?
A thorough examination of the nose, mouth, palate, throat, and neck will be performed. The exam may include a nasal endoscopy, in which  a camera is used to allow your doctor to visualize the inside of your nose to determine if there is an obstruction.  Finally, you may be sent for a imaging such as CT Scan if deemed necessary.