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:
- 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 »