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Seasonal allergies vs. chronic sinusitis


Cooler temperatures, football and turning leaves signals fall is upon us. Other indicators of the season are sneezing, itchy or watery eyes and a runny nose. Winter is coming, so while we enjoy the last of the nice weather it’s important to know whether you’re experiencing seasonal allergies or chronic sinusitis, better known as a sinus infection.

Many things can trigger seasonal allergies, whether it is pollen in the air, especially ragweed pollen in the fall, or your favorite pet. What really causes an allergic reaction to happen is your own immune system, which mistakes allergens for a more serious threat and attacks them. One of the differences in symptoms between regular allergies and chronic sinusitis is sneezing; allergies will cause sneezing, while those suffering from sinusitis will not. Other symptoms of seasonal allergies can include:

  • Coughing
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Runny and itchy nose

Sinusitis is swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses. As the nose becomes blocked with fluid or germs it can lead to an infection. This usually happens right after a cold or can be caused by a deviated septum. Chronic sinusitis is characterized as inflammation in the sinuses lasting around eight weeks or longer. Those who suffer from chronic sinus infections may have some of the following symptoms: Continue Reading »

Sports injury weekend walk in clinic: providing convenient care for inconvenient injuries

With fall sports season near, injuries don’t always happen during the week when it’s convenient to see an Affinity Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine provider in clinic. Athletes who experience injuries during competition might need a check-up or evaluation during the morning after the big game, which often falls on a weekend.

Although there are obvious cases where emergency care is needed, there are also less serious injuries that may require medical attention shortly after the incident. Acute injuries, such as fractures, sprains and strains, are common in athletics, but may call for assessment and treatment by a medical professional over the weekend.

With this in mind, we’d like parents to know we are now offering a Saturday morning injury walk in clinic for their junior high or high school athletes who may get injured playing sports like football, soccer or volleyball.

This clinic will be held from 8:30 am until 10:00 am every Saturday from August 25 through October 13.

The Sports Injury Walk In Clinic, will be held at Affinity’s Richmond Street Urgent Care facility in Appleton. No need to schedule an appointment, simply walk in and we will take a look at your athlete. Just as is provided at weekday appointments, I have access to X-ray, splint materials, crutches, braces and other medical supplies that allow for efficient and effective treatment of a young athlete’s injury.

So even though athletic injuries during a busy fall sports schedule are inconvenient and unpredictable, I aim to provide an accessible and valuable medical option to help young athletes return to competing and playing the games they love.

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