When the seasons change, we are more exposed to allergens. After a cold and sometimes bitter winter season, it is a relief to see blooming trees, flowers and other plants! But with the spring thaw, viruses and allergens can also flourish. According to physicians, it is important to closely monitor symptoms you might experience to determine if you are suffering from allergies or possibly a sinus infection.
Allergy symptoms are oftentimes caused by environmental factors, including different pollens and weeds. Allergic rhinitis typically presents with itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, dry cough and sometimes headache and fatigue. Sinus infection symptoms can be consistent with allergic rhinitis, though they may also include fever, facial and head pain and pressure, sinus pressure and changes in taste or hearing.
The majority of allergy symptoms can be treated with over-the-counter remedies and intranasal steroids. Allergies generally improve with antihistamines and can significantly improve when allergens are no longer present. Sinus infections may be more likely to require antibiotics and symptoms may be more severe and last longer. As recommended by medical professionals, one should consider a medical consult if symptoms have been present for one week or longer, with little to no improvement with over-the-counter medications (Times Free Press, 2018).
Times Free Press (2018). Ask a doctor: What are the differences between allergy, sinus infection symptoms? Retrieved March 30, 2018, from: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/life/entertainment/story/2018/mar/27/ask-doctor/466816/