Spring is fast approaching, and with the seasonal change comes allergies. Or could it actually be a sinus infection? Both conditions have very similar characteristics, but a few key differences distinguish one from the other.
Pollen Problems Galore
Because the air contains more pollen in the spring, those suffering from allergies usually get the “normal” symptoms: chronic fatigue (as long as the pollen count remains high), sinus congestion, blunted sensory perception and more.
Here’s the thing: many allergy sufferers mistake allergy symptoms for a sinus infection. It’s all about timing. A springtime sinus infection is commonly misdiagnosed as just another round of bad allergic reactions.
There’s also the possibility of parallel sickness; sometimes, a sinus infection may intensify allergic reactions, and vice versa. But most of the time, it’s one or the other. This blog post will look at some differences between allergies and sinus infections.
90% Similar, 10% Different, 100% Bothersome
“Know your enemy” shouldn’t just apply to warfare, sports competitions and the like. It’s also relevant for anyone suffering from allergies and sinus infections. If you have springtime allergies, it helps to understand your condition, even if you think you know what’s going on.
Interestingly, ABC News did a recent story that showed how unaware Americans are about allergies and sinus infections. The news piece reported on an Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America survey, which found that a majority of allergy patients couldn’t tell the difference between allergic reactions and a sinus infection.
Bottom line: most of the 35 million people with nasal allergies and 7 million with sinus infections can’t properly identify what they’re suffering from.
Both allergies and sinus infection have similar symptoms, including fatigue, a runny nose, sinus pressure and even nausea are fairly common between the two conditions. But a few critical factors can help determine the diagnosis.
Allergies usually include itchy and watery eyes. Most people who have a sinus infection will ignore these symptoms. If your vision is affected in any way, it’s most likely allergies.
A sinus infection, meanwhile, is typically accompanied by severe headaches, facial pressure and sluggish energy levels. A sinus infection can also include fever.
Pay attention to these things, and you’ll be well on your way to figuring out what’s ailing you. Here’s an added tip: a sinus infection has a duration of about 2-3 weeks and usually comes on the heels of an extended cold, while allergies can strike at seemingly any moment. So if you suddenly experience a stuffy nose and fatigue and it only lasts a few days, it’s from allergies.
Medical Assistance for Allergies and Sinus Infections
Self-diagnosis is one thing. Getting top-notch medical care for your allergies or sinus infection is another. If you’re not sure what you have or how to treat it, Banner Urgent Care can help today. Our allergy treatment program is a popular choice for patients this time of year. For sinus infections, our walk-in healthcare clinic provides the medical resources you need for much-needed relief.
Best of all, no appointments are necessary – just walk right in! Banner Urgent Care has more than 30 medical care clinics to serve you, and each one has allergy and sinus infection treatments available.
Thanks for reading our blog. For feedback or more information on Banner Urgent Care, please call our main office at (480) 988-9108. Remember, you don’t have to suffer from allergies or sinus infections – stop in today for prompt, professional, on-point medical attention!