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Spring is Allergy Season in Chicago

Do you suffer from spring allergies? Do you stay indoors? Have you ever used a neti pot to help clear your breathing passages?

The allergy season begins in February and can last until the early summer. Spring rain showers can cause an increase in mold and leave you feeling miserable well into the fall.

Do you know what triggers your allergies? You may think you know that pollen or mold is causing your suffering, but other substances may be involved as well. Did you know that more than two-thirds of spring allergy sufferers actually have year-round symptoms?

Relieving sneezing or itchy, watery eyes could be as simple as taking over-the-counter medicine, lozenges or trying a nasal rinse. If your spring allergies are more severe, a nose spray prescribed by a physician may be the answer to alleviating your allergy symptoms.

A bad cold is often mistaken for a sinus infection or sinusitis. A cold and sinusitis can have the same symptoms, including headache, runny nose and nasal congestion. Acute sinusitis can be triggered by a cold or allergies and usually lasts three to eight weeks. A sinus infection lasting longer than eight weeks is considered chronic sinusitis and is often caused by a bacterial infection.

Sinus Infections include headache, face pain, runny nose, and nasal congestion. Sinusitis symptoms may be caused by a bacterial infection and often require antibiotics.

Acute sinusitis usually doesn’t require medical treatment beyond relieving the symptoms. Chronic sinusitis usually requires antibiotics. By stopping a sinus infection early, you can avoid later symptoms.

There is no need to suffer from a headache and have the sniffles. One of our health care providers at Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine can provide treatment for your allergies. Call our office at 773.435.1150.

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