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/SymptomSinusitisAllergyCold
Facial Pressure/PainYesSometimesSometimes
Duration of IllnessOver 14 daysVariesUnder 10 days
Nasal Dischargewhite/clearClear, thin, wateryThick, whitish or thin
FeverSometimesNoSometimes
HeadacheSometimesSometimesSometimes
Pain in upper teethSometimesNoNo
Bad BreathSometimesNoNo
CoughingSometimesSometimesYes
Nasal CongestionYesSometimesYes
SneezingNoSometimesYes

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.