Reducing congestion and inflammation in the nose and sinuses will help reduce the frequency of sinus infections. Allergies contribute to sinus infections because the nose and the lining of the sinuses produce excessive mucous, along with swelling of the area that causes a proliferation of mucous and bacteria.
Reducing this congestion is important and can be done with nasal steroid sprays (prescription only), antihistamines, decongestants, and allergy injections. There is some controversy as to whether or not antihistamines and decongestants will slow the movement of mucous and promote the development of a sinus infection.
Many people blame allergies for their constant nasal congestion, drainage and ear infections. Medicines for allergies are antihistamines and they only provide benefit if you are treating allergies. Skin testing or a RAST test is the only way to know if allergies exist. Visiting with an allergist can make a big difference in treating and addressing chronic sinus infections.
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