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Sinusitis Due to Allergies

What is Sinusitis?

If you’re an adult, chances are you’ve suffered from sinusitis at one point in your life even if you’ve never been diagnosed. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses, which are the membranes that ensure the well-functioning of your nasal passages by producing mucus. Let look at what sinusitis is, the symptoms and how you can treat it.

While there are multiple types of sinuses in the body, sinusitis affects the intranasal sinuses directly. The inflammation can be caused by a variety of things. It could be caused by bacteria, fungi, allergies, viruses or by an autoimmune reaction in some cases.

When the sinuses become inflamed and mucus starts congesting your intranasal passages, then you’re dealing with sinusitis. Many doctors will also call the condition rhinosinusitis, since it will usually be accompanied by a form of nose inflammation commonly referred to as rhinitis.

What are the Symptoms?

The symptoms may vary depending on a variety of conditions, like the severity and length of the infection for instance. Symptoms will usually include an inability to smell, blocked nasal passages, facial pressure and pain and coughing accompanied with a thick green or yellowish nasal discharge. In some severe case, patients will experience bouts of fever, tiredness, halitosis, toothache, and headaches.

You should also note that the condition can be both chronic or acute. If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above for more than 3 months, then you may be suffering from chronic sinusitis.

How Can it be Treated?

Treatment will depend on which type of sinusitis you’re suffering from. If you’re suffering from subacute or acute sinusitis, then something as simple as a nasal spray may be enough. It could either be medicated or just a saline condition. And in most cases, no treatment will be needed for acute sinusitis.

However, if you’re experiencing strong headaches that can’t be resolved with OTC drugs, swelling around your eyes and visual disturbances, or your symptoms continue for more than 10 days or even after taking antibiotics, then you should consider seeing a professional.

If you’re suffering from chronic sinusitis, then antibiotics won’t work since it usually isn’t caused by bacteria. However, it might be caused by a fungal infection. In these cases, antifungal drugs might be prescribed. You might be prescribed with a corticosteroid spray to treat recurrent cases. And if you’re suffering from allergic sinusitis, you can treat the condition by either taking shots or cutting exposure to allergens.

If you think you might be suffering from chronic or acute sinusitis and have been suffering symptoms for more than 10 days, then it would be wise to seek professional help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best allergist in New York.

Gluten Allergy – Coeliac Disease

What is Coeliac Disease?

While Coeliac disease was fairly unknown not too long ago, it has recently surged in the number of sufferers due to its relationship with gluten intolerance. However, while gluten intolerance and Coeliac disease do have some things in common, both disorders are very different, have different implications and need to be addressed differently as well. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly Coeliac disease is, its symptoms and what the treatment options are.

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 3 million people in the US. It affects your body when you eat gluten, which is a substance that is often found in grains and grain products containing rye, barley or wheat for instance.

Gluten is what gives dough it’s elasticity and makes bread more “doughy”. In people suffering from Coeliac, the body will react to the protein abnormally which will have the effect of damaging their villi, which are small finger like protrusions found in the small intestine. This affects the intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients, which then eventually leads to malnutrition, miscarriages, bone density loss, infertility, and even more serious issues like cancers or neurological disorders.

What are the Symptoms of Coeliac Disease?

Coeliac disease is different from a gluten allergy and the symptoms will be different as well. If you simply have a gluten allergy, then your eyes may itch or become watery or you might experience breathing issues. But if you’re suffering from Coeliac disease, you might start experiencing abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, anemia, fatigue, mouth ulcers, low bone density, or general fatigue and headaches.

Weight loss and ulcers are also some common symptoms associated with Coeliac disease. Note that intestinal issues are more frequent in children than in adults and may include swelling around the belly, bloating and steatorrhea, which is characterized by a particularly foul smelling and pale stool.

What is the Treatment for Coeliac Disease?

Unfortunately, Coeliac is a chronic disease, and there is no actual cure or medication that you can take to counter it. The only thing you can do is lay off gluten completely. So not only will you have to eliminate bread, cakes, and various other baked goods, you’ll also have to eliminate things like beer, cereals and even some types of toothpastes.

If you feel like you may be suffering from Coeliac disease, then it would be wise to visit a professional so that you can get tested and see if it is the case. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best allergist in New York.

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