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Chronic sinus infections are much more common than many people realize. They can cause disruptions in a person’s life and can become extremely painful. At Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group we hope that anyone who has been told there are only surgical options for their sinus infections will consider contacting us for a consultation.
There are actually a number of treatment options for sinusitis – including allergy shots. If you are suffering from chronic and lasting sinus infections, contact us at 805-658-9500 now to set up an appointment. In the meantime, read on to learn more about how allergy shots can help.
Many people assume that chronic sinusitis is caused by the same things that the common cold is typically caused by: Viral infection or bacterial infection. This is generally not true. What is true is that many people who suffer from a sinus infection will have swollen and inflamed nasal passages for four to eight weeks at a time.
Sometimes corticosteroid sprays can be very helpful in treating the symptoms but it is important to know that this is all they are doing – they are not treating the actual cause. This is especially true if allergies are the cause of the sinusitis in the first place.
Allergy shots, also called allergen immunotherapy, can be an extremely effective option to treat chronic and recurrent sinusitis. Allergy shots work best when the sinusitis is caused by either seasonal allergens or environmental factors. For example, allergy shots can work when sinusitis is caused by mold, pet danger, dust mites, or ragweed.
One of the many reasons that people appreciate what allergy shots can do for them is because they often prevent the need for endoscopic sinus surgery and other harsh treatments. If you are missing school or work due to sinusitis, then allergy shots can actually help you save money. In fact, they have been shown to reduce 80-90% of allergy symptoms and they can even decrease the symptoms of asthma. They are safe for children as young as four years old.
Allergy shots get rid of future allergic reactions to specific triggers, instead of simply treating the symptoms as other treatments may do. Think of allergen immunotherapy as similar to a vaccine: It slowly introduces extremely small doses of the allergen to your system. As a result, your body’s immune system kicks into high gear. Every time you get a shot it will have a little bit more of the allergens, which actually trains your immune system to simply ignore the allergen.
Are allergy shots the answer to your sinus infections? They may be but there may be other options that work better for you. We highly recommend you contact us at 805-658-9500 now so we can assess you and offer a treatment plan.