Allergy & Asthma Center, P.C., is an allergy practice based in Eugene and Corvallis, Oregon.
Our practice includes allergists:
Appointments are available in the following locations in Oregon:
An allergist is a physician trained to diagnose, treat, and manage asthma and allergies, whether they are related to or caused by foods, environmental factors (such as pollen), drugs, or topical substances. Conditions that an allergist commonly treats include the following:
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Cold weather is a prime time for stuffy noses, sore throats, and watery, itchy eyes. But if your symptoms last more than a week or if they seem to turn off and on based on your surroundings, you may be battling allergies or sinusitis. Proper diagnosis and treatment can lead to quicker recovery and less misery.
Colds are caused by a virus, whereas allergies are caused by exposure to allergens. Colds and allergies can both lead to sinusitis, which occurs when the sinuses become swollen and block mucous from draining, leading to painful pressure and infection.
People with allergies or asthma are more likely to develop sinusitis because their nasal and sinus tissues can become swollen when they breathe in triggers like dust, pollen, or smoke.
Most cases of sinusitis resolve without antibiotics in about two weeks. Decongestants, nasal sprays, hot packs, humidifiers, or salt water rinses may ease symptoms.
For people with allergies, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of sinusitis. Your allergist/immunologist may recommend long-term treatments, such as allergy shots, medications to control inflammation, and avoidance of allergy triggers.
|Symptoms||Similar to allergies, but may also include sore throat, fever, and body aches||Runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, wheezing, watery or itchy eyes||Swollen, painful feeling around forehead, eyes, and cheeks; stuffy nose with thick, colored mucus; bad tasting post nasal drip; bad breath; sore throat; cough; tiredness and occasional light fever|
|Warning Time||Develops over several days||Begins shortly after exposure to an allergen||Stuffy nose and cough lasting longer than one or two weeks|
|Duration||Should clear up within several days||Lasts as long as exposure||Acute sinusitis refers to symptoms that last less than four weeks. Chronic sinusitis is when symptoms last three months or longer.|