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Allergic & Chronic Sinusitis Treatment Information
IU Health Allergy & Asthma physicians offer expert diagnosis and treatment options for allergic and chronic sinusitis including:
- Allergy skin testing. Determining what you are allergic to is the first step toward allergy relief. Skin testing is a safe and quick way to discover what allergens activate your immune system. During the test, we prick your skin and expose you to a small amount of allergen. If the areas that was pricked swells and reddens, it indicates you are sensitive to that substance. Once we know what you are sensitive to, we work together to form a comprehensive treatment plan to reduce your symptoms.
- Allergy blood testing. For some patients with severe allergies or asthma, blood testing is a safer option. You are not exposed to allergens during blood testing. We draw a small amount of blood to look for antibodies. Antibodies are immune cells that are specialized to protect you from a certain kind of harmful substance, whether it is a virus, bacteria or allergen. Because they are specific to each allergen, we can know what you are allergic to by examining what antibodies are present. This testing takes longer than skin testing. Results may be available in a few days or take up to a few weeks.
- Allergy medicines. Over-the-counter and prescription medicines that reduce inflammation associated with allergies reduce your chances of developing allergic sinusitis.
- Antihistamines block the production of a substance called histamine in your blood. Histamine is released by your immune system and causes the swelling in your airways.
- Decongestants reduce swelling in the blood vessels in your nasal passages, opening them up so you can breathe better.
- Immunotherapy. Immunotherapy, often called allergy shots, safely exposes you to allergens through repeated shots in your physician’s office. Over time, you are exposed to more and more allergen and your immune system builds a tolerance. Immunotherapy offers long-lasting relief from allergy symptoms.
- Education. Though in many cases it is impossible to eliminate all exposure to allergens, you can reduce your exposure by being mindful of your home and environment. We teach you how to avoid allergens by watching pollen counts, using allergen-reducing products like air filters and avoiding the outdoors during certain weather and times of day. We also discuss how to properly use your allergy medicines.
- Referral to specialists. If your sinusitis is not the result of allergies, we refer you to expert IU Health Ear, Nose and Throat specialists. These physicians, also called otolaryngologists, offer comprehensive treatment options for sinus problems, including Balloon Sinuplasty and surgical solutions. You may undergo more testing, such as imaging procedures, to determine the cause of your sinusitis.
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Allergic & Chronic Sinusitis Support Services
Explore the websites below for more information on what may be causing your sinusitis and your possible treatment options.
A Sampling of Allergic & Chronic Sinusitis Support Services
American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI)
The AAAAI physician webpage offers an overview of sinusitis, its symptoms and treatments.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
This foundation website explains how rhinitis and sinusitis are linked, as well as what causes them to occur.