While many people enjoy the changing seasons and the arrival of spring, for allergy sufferers, changing seasons can mean more allergy attacks. If you suffer from allergies, you know what the sneezing, the stuffy nose at night, watery eyes and constantly running nose feel like. Every year, plenty of allergy sufferers seek relief from their symptoms, often from oral medications or by trying to avoid the source of the problem — the allergen that triggers the symptoms.
If you’ve been suffering from allergies for years, you might wonder if more permanent solutions to your problem are available. Nasal surgery might not be the solution to your allergies, but it can correct other problems with your nose or the nasal passages, providing some relief.
Seeing a Sinus Doctor
Before you can determine the best course of treatment for your allergies or sinus problems, it’s a good idea to see a doctor to get an accurate diagnosis of your condition. What seems like allergies might actually be chronic sinusitis. Allergies are common, but so is sinusitis. Both can cause you to miss work, but the symptoms are slightly different from each. For example, if you have allergies, you’re likely to have a runny nose, itchy eyes and congestion. Symptoms of sinusitis typically include trouble breathing and congestion. Your allergies can cause inflammation of the sinuses, leading to sinusitis.
Sinus Surgery and Balloon Sinuplasty Reviews
While a procedure such as balloon sinuplasty won’t cure your allergies, if your allergies have contributed to sinusitis, it can cause a great deal of relief. In some cases, the structure of your nasal passages and sinuses can lead to problems that are exacerbated by the allergies. For example, if you have a deviated septum, the sinuses might become blocked more easily. Growths in the nasal passages can also make sinusitis worse. In some cases, your allergies can lead to a fungal infection that causes the sinuses to swell and become blocked.
Balloon sinuplasty can help reduce the pressure and pain caused by sinusitis by opening up the sinus passage. During the minimally invasive surgery, the surgeon threads a catheter up the nose. The balloon catheter is then inflated, which pushes the passageway open, so that any fluid in your sinuses can properly drain out. The surgery will reduce symptoms related to sinusitis, such as pressure behind the eyes, pain in the teeth and headaches.
Symptoms of Deviated Septum
In some cases, people have allergies and a deviated septum. The septum is the piece of cartilage that divides the two nasal passages. Ideally, it won’t lean to one side or the other. When a person has a deviated septum, it does lean or isn’t fully centered, causing it to block the passageway.
While a deviated septum doesn’t always need treatment, if it leans so far over that the passageway is blocked, it can cause swelling, breathing problems or congestion. The symptoms from a deviated septum can be similar to the symptoms caused by allergies. A deviated septum won’t cause your allergies and treating the problem won’t cure allergies. But, a septoplasty to correct a deviated septum can reduce the swelling and breathing difficulties.
Rhinoplasty, like sinus surgery or septoplasty, won’t cure your allergies. But, like other nasal surgeries, it can improve the function of your nose, so that you can breathe easier. While sinus surgery or septoplasty are generally focused on improving only function, rhinoplasty can also improve the form of your nose. If you dislike a hump on the bridge of the nose or which the entire structure was a bit smaller, the surgery can correct those issues.
After rhinoplasty, you might feel as though your nose is congested or stuffy, which can make allergy symptoms feel worse. For that reason, it’s usually a good idea to get your allergies under control before having any type of nasal surgery performed.
Treating Allergies | Getting Rid of that Stuffy Nose at Night
Surgery can help correct the structural issues that can make your allergies more unpleasant. But, the only sure fire way to prevent them from occurring or to fully manage your symptoms is to avoid the allergen that causes the allergies. That can be easier said than done, though, especially if you are allergic to pollen or another substance that is common.
Over-the-counter medications can help reduce your immune system’s response to the allergen, reducing symptoms. Your doctor might also recommend immunotherapy, which helps your body build a resistance to a specific allergen, so that symptoms decrease over time.
If you don’t have allergies or your allergies are under control and you still have trouble breathing or feel chronically congested, surgery can be your best option. A facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty and sinus surgery, such as Dr. Nathan Nachlas, in Boca Raton, can help you determine which option is most appropriate for you. Surgery won’t cure your allergies, but it can make dealing with them a bit easier. To schedule a consultation with the best sinus doctor in the area, call Sandy Friedman, director of patient relations for Dr. Nachlas at (561) 939-0909 or you can request an appointment online at drnachlas.com/contact-us.