Find out when your springtime allergies warrant seeing a specialist.
April showers may bring May flowers, but they may also kick up your allergies as well. If springtime has you closing up the windows and doors and hiding in your home, then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, our ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk has helped patients of all ages get their seasonal allergies under control when lifestyle changes simply weren’t enough.
What are the signs and symptoms of seasonal allergies?
Are you wondering if your symptoms could be caused by allergies? They could be if you’re dealing with,
- Runny nose
- Itchy nose
- Watery, red, or itchy eyes
- Dark circles under eyes
If you are dealing with these symptoms you may want to see your general doctor first, who can refer you to our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor if you are dealing with seasonal allergies.
Is it allergies or something else?
While allergies will cause the symptoms above, we also recognize that these symptoms are also very similar to sinus infections, nasal polyps and other sinus issues. So, how can you tell the difference between allergies and a sinus problem? It could be your sinuses if you’re experiencing,
- Nasal congestion
- Thick nasal mucus
- Discolored mucus
- Pain and pressure in the cheeks and face
- Referred pain in the upper teeth
Sinusitis or a sinus infection is typically caused by a virus, so you may also be feeling run down. Luckily, most people will feel better within 10-14 days. Spring allergy sufferers may deal with symptoms from February to May; however, those with chronic sinusitis will experience symptoms for 12 weeks or longer and over-the-counter medications often don’t provide ample relief. If this is happening to you, turn to our ENT doctor for treatment.
If you are dealing with spring allergies that aren’t responding to home care, you owe it to yourself to get answers and treatments that help you breathe better. Call our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk and the team at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty at (314) 477-4995 to schedule a no-risk consultation.