Almost everyone is familiar with nasal allergies, which consist of a hypersensitivity to objects, environmental factors, and animals such as dust mites, animal dander, or pollen. A nasal allergy is often referred to as allergic rhinitis and is a result of the body ingesting an allergen through the sinuses, resulting in the body releasing chemicals that cause symptoms.
Allergies rank among the top 5 chronic diseases in the United States, with 20% of the population suffering from allergy or asthma symptoms. These symptoms vary from person to person, however the most common symptoms include:
- Stuffy/Runny Nose
- Postnasal Drip
- Itchy Eyes
- Sinus Pressure
There are many ways that patients can treat nasal allergies from over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants to prescription steroidal nasal sprays and immunotherapy. Depending on the severity of the allergy symptoms and the direction of your physician it may be helpful to receive a medical irrigation through a balloon sinuplasty, a procedure commonly used to treat inflamed sinuses resulting from infection or allergies.
If you are suffering from nasal allergy symptoms, consult with your physician at Murrieta Facial Plastic Surgery about a minimally-invasive that could offer you relief.