Can allergy trigger sinus infection?

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kazak
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   Posted 6/13/2012 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I've always had allergies, however i woke up one morning four months ago and my nose has been constantly blocked since along with pressure around the top of the nose, ive also been experiencing fatigue and irritability, symptoms are constant literally 24 hours a day regardless of whether i am around dust or not. In the past, i wiould only have stuffy nose, sneezing etc but would subside once i was away from the allergen. My sinus cat scan recently was clear, so i am kind of confused could an allergy trigger a sinus infecton or could my allergy symptoms just be worsening? My doctor wants me start allergy shots soon but i'm not too sure if this would help if it was an infection..
 
 

Red_34
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   Posted 6/13/2012 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you ever had allergy testing? If your sinus scan came out clean then more than likely, it's allergy related. Do you use any otc nasal sprays?
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kazak
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   Posted 6/13/2012 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks, i'm waiting for allergy test results at the moment, ive tried nasal spray called avamys, also nasal rinse and anti histamines for 3 weeks,  but none have really helped

Lyme_Warrior_Lady
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   Posted 6/13/2012 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and sorry to hear of your difficulties. A huge amount of the population suffers from sinus infections which are often chronic. You can learn about the different medical and "alternative" views of Sinusitis by just Googling the topics. It just makes sense that with all the fluids produced by allergy that the sinuses become an enviroment ripe for infection...so yes...allergies go hand in hand with sinus infections. You need proper medical intervention now. Statistically these things become chronic. Sometimes one of the newer nasal sprays like Astepro or Flonase is all that is needed to interupt this cycle and let you heal up. Be patient and work with your doctor to get better. Use the most gentle solutions first. Steamy showers often help.

I have been down the road with allergies and sinus infection many times. I used to be addicted to the nasal spray "Afrin" and it is really just for short term use for a few days or to open the Eustschian tube if you have to fly. Afrin was actualy developed during wartime to help the Airforce men keep their sinuses draining so they could fly and not loose balance. Travel by air with a sinus infection is not good...the altitude and barometric change can make it much worse.

kazak
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   Posted 7/13/2012 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi i got my allergy results and i'm highly allergic to two types of dust mites but nothing else in test of 40 allergens. Antibody reaction level is measured out of maximum of 300 and I scored 300+ for both dust mites!! Still have the same symptoms as above. Although cant work out if it is a sinus infection or chronic inflammation, as none of my allergy medications, sprays are working, and neilmed rinse barely comes out of other nostril, it could be a sinus problem, plus the fact my symptoms are constant even when i'm not home/around dust i'm still sick. However at the same time i have a clear sinus scan and don't have yellow/ green phlegm could mean no infection. So confused and been literally constantly sick for months. My doctor said i also have a slight deviated septum which is common and that my symptoms are just from allergies so he wont do anything about the septum. Should I get one of the nasal endoscope exams or should i start the allergy shots? Thanks
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