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By Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates of Corpus Christi
April 22, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Allergy  

Wondering if your symptoms could be caused by an underlying, undetected allergy?

Allergies can happen to anyone and they can occur all year round. These days, it’s particularly easy to brush off symptoms as a cold or sinus infection when in actuality you could have an allergy. If you suspect that you might have an allergy, a visit to an ENT doctor can provide you with the diagnosis and treatment plan you need.

You Have These Unexplainable Symptoms

Do you often feel like you’re dealing with headaches, a stuffy nose, dry cough or itchy skin? While these symptoms don’t necessarily mean that you have allergies if you are experiencing several of these symptoms for long periods you may want to turn to an allergist. If you have symptoms that keep coming and going you may want to speak with an ENT doctor who can easily diagnose your allergies.

You Notice a Recurring or Itchy Rash

Another common sign of an allergy is an irritated or itchy rash on the body. You may notice that it gets worse when exposed to the allergen (e.g. certain food or medications). If you are dealing with a rash that appears during certain times of the year or for weeks on end, this could be a sign of an allergy and it’s worth turning to a doctor to investigate further. If you notice swelling of the face or you develop hives (itchy welts) these are also common signs of a skin allergy.

You Think You Have a Sinus Infection…

But it keeps coming back or doesn’t seem to go away. If you feel like you’re dealing with cold symptoms or a sinus infection on the regular, it might not be any of these issues but rather allergies. Sometimes allergies can be misdiagnosed as a sinus infection or cold. If you find that the medications you were prescribed by a doctor aren’t working, this is yet another sign that you could have a bad case of allergies. If you also find yourself dealing with upper respiratory infections during certain times of the year, it could be allergies.

You Feel Exhausted

While there are many causes of fatigue and exhaustion, if you are feeling fatigued while also dealing with any of the symptoms above this could be another sign of an undetected allergy. This is because the immune system releases histamine, which causes an inflammatory response. This inflammatory response can lead to weird symptoms such as fatigue or body aches.

If you are experiencing allergy symptoms, turning to an ENT doctor will give you the answers you need to figure out how to properly manage your symptoms. You don’t have to do it alone and over-the-counter medications are often a Band-Aid instead of a solution.


By Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates of Corpus Christi
April 07, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Sinus Infection  

Sinus Infection

Dealing with a sinus infection? Dealing with them rather frequently? Feel like you’re constantly battling a sinus infection? If so, an ENT doctor can provide you with the appropriate treatment options, regardless of whether you are dealing with an acute or chronic infection. Here’s what you should know about treating your sinus infection,

You May Be Able to Treat it Yourself

If you are dealing with acute sinusitis you may be able to manage your symptoms on your own with saline nasal sprays, over-the-counter pain relievers and decongestants. If your sinus infection is due to allergies, you may be able to make simple lifestyle changes that can improve your allergies, which in turn can improve your infection. Other at-home sinusitis treatment options include,
  • Drinking lots of water to flush out toxins
  • Using a humidifier in your bedroom
  • Applying warm compresses to the face
  • Using a neti pot to flush out bacteria and germs from the sinuses
  • Getting lots of rest
  • Stocking up on vitamin C
So, when is it time to turn to an ENT expert for your sinus problems? It’s time to turn to a specialist if,
  • You aren’t sure if your symptoms are due to a sinus infection or something else
  • Your symptoms are accompanied by a fever that lasts more than 3 days
  • Your symptoms persist for more than 10 days
  • Your symptoms are getting worse
  • Your symptoms return
There isn’t a Single Way to Treat Sinus Infections

First and foremost, we need to determine what’s causing your infection and whether you’re dealing with an acute or chronic case. Acute cases may be treated with prescription-strength steroid and nasal sprays or oral allergy medications, while chronic sinusitis may require more intensive treatments. Chronic sinus infections may be caused by nasal polyps, a deviated septum or allergies, and it’s important to figure out the cause before we create a treatment plan. Chronic sinusitis is often treated with,
  • Nasal, oral or injectable corticosteroids
  • Medications used to shrink nasal polyps
  • Immunotherapy (aka allergy shots)
  • Balloon sinuplasty, a procedure that opens up blocked sinuses (an alternative to sinus surgery)
  • Sinus surgery
If you are dealing with a sinus infection that isn’t getting better and isn’t responding to at-home care then a call to your ENT doctor may be the best approach. An ENT doctor can determine the best strategies for managing and treating any sinus problems.