What are Common Sinus and Allergy Problems?
Allergy and sinus illnesses affect many people in some form or another all year long. Whether seasonal allergies, food allergies, medication allergies, sinus infection, or something else, Dr. Shane Hill, Dr. Scott Rundle, and their medical staff at MedNorth Urgent Care are educated and equipped to diagnose and/or treat a wide variety of allergic reactions and allergy-related illnesses. Over-the-counter medications may help, but frequent or severe cases of allergies may benefit from medical intervention. Many of our patients experience allergic reactions, such as:
- Itchy and/or runny nose
- Itchy and/or watery eyes
- Shortness of breath
With our on-site laboratory, we can quickly and effectively determine accurate diagnosis to determine the best course of action and treatment. Our team serves men, women, and children in Whitefish, Big Fork, Thompson Falls, and surrounding areas in Montana.
What Can I Expect from Allergy Treatments?
Many mild allergies and sinus infections can be treated at home with over-the-counter medications. More severe symptoms, however, may need to be addressed by a medical professional. Sinus infections, particularly, should be addressed as soon as possible as they can last over eight weeks and can spread to the bones or brain in some severe cases. Allergic reactions, such as difficulty breathing, and other severe and/or sudden symptoms should also be treated at a medical facility, like MedNorth Urgent Care. Our treatment will differ based on your particular symptoms and medical history. However, we will generally begin by reviewing your symptoms, medical history, and performing any necessary diagnostic testing. Our on-site labs allow us to perform tests and get results back rather quickly so we can treat you as quickly as possible.
Sinus And Allergy Problems FAQ
How do I know if I need allergy treatments?
If you have allergy symptoms that aren't easily controlled with over-the-counter medications, you may be a candidate for allergy treatments. Allergy treatments may also be recommended for people who:
- Can't avoid allergy triggers
- Have severe allergic reactions
- Have allergy-triggered asthma
- Experience negative side effects from medications
- Want long-term allergy relief
Are sinus infections and allergies the same thing?
No, they aren't. While many of the symptoms of allergies and a sinus infection can be very similar, they have different causes. A sinus infection occurs when the nasal passageways become inflamed and irritated, blocking mucus from draining, which can lead to an infection. Allergies occur when your immune system responds to allergens in the environment by producing histamines.
Can allergies cause sinus infections?
Yes, they can. Colds and allergies cause the sinuses to become inflamed and irritated. This can block mucus from properly draining, which can lead to an infection. So people with allergies are often more likely to develop sinus infections.
We know that seasonal allergies, sinus infections, and various allergic reactions can be annoying and sometimes difficult to deal with. We urge you to visit Dr. Shane Hill and Dr. Scott Rundle at MedNorth Urgent Care for quick, efficient diagnosis and treatment of your allergy symptoms. Our professional team, state-of-the-art on-site lab, and cutting-edge treatments make our facility an ideal location to treat your symptoms fast. Stop by our Kalispell, MT office or give us a call today so we can get you allergy relief.