Sinus And Allergies Specialist

Terry Baker, MD

Otolaryngology located in Idaho Falls, ID

Sinus problems and allergies cause similar, unpleasant symptoms such as swelling around your nasal passages, a buildup of mucus, and congestion. Sinusitis and allergies are two separate conditions, and at Terry Baker, MD, located in Idaho Falls, Idaho, the source of your nasal misery can be diagnosed and treated. Call the office to find relief for sinus problems and allergy symptoms.

Sinus and Allergies Q & A

How do I know I have a sinus problem?

Sinus problems affect the cavities around your nasal passages. You feel inflammation and swelling and have problems draining mucus. Breathing through your nose is difficult.

Sinus infections usually come with a thick yellow or green nasal mucus, sore throat, and headache. You may also find your forehead, temples, and area around the eyes feels tender to the touch.

How do I know if I have allergies?

Seasonal allergies that are caused by pollens, molds, pet dander, and other environmental factors have symptoms similar to sinusitis. You may experience congestion, sinus pressure, and a runny nose. But, if you have itchy, watery eyes along with the other symptoms, it can be a clue that you’re having an allergic reaction, rather than a sinus infection.

The timing of your symptoms can also be an indication that you have allergies. If you always have symptoms in the spring, for example, you may be sensitive to tree pollen or grass pollen. Or, if you always get stuffy after visiting your friend who has a cat, it may be an allergy to pet dander.

Dr. Baker offers a complete allergy center that includes skin testing to identify any allergy causes.

How are sinus problems treated?

Sinus infections that are viral usually go away on their own in about 10 days. Dr. Baker recommends self-care treatments, such as rest, fluids, and over-the-counter pain relievers and decongestants. If the source of your infection is bacterial, Dr. Baker prescribes an antibiotic to treat the condition.

If you have recurrent infections and severe, life-affecting symptoms, Dr. Baker may recommend minor sinus surgery. With his advanced training in sinus surgery, you can trust Dr. Baker to provide the right treatment and aftercare to bring you relief.

How are allergies treated?

If you have mild allergies, Dr. Baker may recommend over-the-counter antihistamines to relieve your symptoms or a prescription nasal corticosteroid. The office of Terry Baker, MD, provides immunotherapy, or allergy shots, as a way to treat irritating allergies.

With immunotherapy treatment, Dr. Baker gives gradually increasing doses of the allergen through injection. These incremental increases help your immune system build up antibodies to fight the irritating substance, so you have less of a reaction when you encounter the allergen in the future. Immunotherapy can reduce inflammation, swelling, and congestion.

If you have sinus problems or allergies, call Dr. Terry Baker to find relief.

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