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Ways to Prevent Sinusitis

A top New York City allergy doctor, Dr. Hadjiev sees many patients with allergic rhinitis, colds, and nasal polyps. Some of these patients develop sinusitis, which is swelling and inflammation of the tissues that line the sinuses. This causes blockage of the sinus air passages, and they may fill with fluid, which provides a nice environment for the growth of all types of germs, including viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

Dr. Hadjiev, a leading New York City allergy doctor, warns that the signs of acute sinusitis include pain and pressure in the face, a stuffy or sunny nose, cough and congestion, and loss of the sense of smell. Some patients may experience fever, bad breath, pain in the teeth, or fatigue, as a result of sinusitis. Thick yellow or green nasal discharge is a sign of an acute infection of the sinuses.

Prevent Sinusitis

How can you avoid developing sinusitis? It’s important to treat nasal congestion as soon as it occurs, to prevent bacteria from causing a sinus infection. Avoidance of people with upper respiratory infections, like colds or other viral infections, is important. If you must be around people with an upper respiratory infection, wash your hands frequently.

Smoking is strongly associated with sinusitis, so avoid smoking and second hand cigarette, cigar, and pipe smoke. Smoke irritates the sinus and nasal membranes. You can also consider use of a humidifier, to increase the moisture in the air your breath. This will help prevent damage to the delicate lining of the nasal and sinus passages.

If you have allergies, you should see a leading New York City allergy doctor for a consultation to see if you are a candidate for allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy. Because allergies result in stuffy or runny nose, treatment for allergies may be one of the most important things you can do to avoid sinusitis, particularly is you suffer from chronic hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis. Dr. Hadjiev, one of New York’s leading allergy doctors, can assist you with diagnosis and treatment of your allergic rhinitis, to help you prevent sinusitis.

Other tips for avoidance of sinusitis include the use of nasal saline drops or sprays, to keep your nasal passages moist and to help wash out bacteria and mucus. A hot, damp towel can relieve congestion, when placed on your face for 5 or ten minutes several times a day. Drinking plenty of fluids will also keep your nasal passages moist and healthy.

If you are troubled by allergic rhinitis or frequent episodes of sinusitis, call our office today at 212.319.5282 for your consultation with Dr. Hadjiev, one of New York’s leading allergy specialist.

Side Effects of Allergy Shots

Dr. Hadjiev, one of NYC’s top allergy doctors, often treats patients with allergies by using allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy. These shots are usually considered only after attempts to avoid the allergen, or substance causing the allergic reaction, have been unsuccessful. Sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid ubiquitous allergens, like pollen.

Allergy shots work by regularly exposing a person with allergies to the allergen, or substance causing the allergy. This desensitizes the immune system, which reduces the allergic reaction when the person is exposed to an allergen.

When Dr. Hadjiev treats his patients with immunotherapy, the exposure to the allergen is carefully regulated by scheduling it on a routine basis, with only small amounts of the allergen given to the patient over time, gradually building up the dose.  As a result, the immune system produces blocking antibodies (IgG) and decreases the level of the IgE antibodies that produce allergic reactions.

Allergy shots do have side effects, although they are generally safe and have no long-term complications associated with treatment. Some of the risks of allergy shots include a small chance of an allergic reaction. Some people may have slight swelling or redness at the site of the injection, which occurs immediately or within several hours of injection, but usually resolves within 24 hours.

Other types of allergic symptoms may result from allergy shots, including runny nose, itchy eyes, stuffiness, and sneezing. A more significant risk is the risk of a severe allergic reaction.

Severe allergic reactions can result in wheezing or trouble breathing. When patients have a severe allergic reaction, they may experience chest tightness or a rapid heart beat. Throat tightness may occur, and some patients become dizzy or light-headed, and may faint or lose consciousness. In cases of very severe allergic reactions, death can occur from anaphylaxis. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you consult a top allergy specialist, like Dr. Hadjiev , for treatment with allergy shots. You should stay on schedule when getting allergy shot treatment. A top allergy professional will be sure that you don’t receive too much of the allergen when you get a shot, and you will be monitored to be sure you don’t have symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, for at least twenty to thirty minutes after receiving an allergy shot at Dr. Hadjiev’s clinic, one of the top allergy clinics in New York City.

Although the risk of a severe allergic reaction is a rare side effect of allergy shots, Dr. Hadjiev is cautious to avoid this potentially fatal complication, and if it should occur, emergency medical treatment is at hand in our clinic. Call 212.319.5282 today for safe administration of your allergy shot treatments.

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