Do you know the difference between allergy symptoms and sinusitis? Most people don’t, which means they also don’t know how to best treat their symptoms. Here at the Center for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery, expert ear, nose, and throat doctor Babak Larian, MD, FACS, treats allergy and sinus problems with cutting-edge techniques.

What is the Difference?

While everyone responds to allergens differently, some of the most common symptoms of allergies are:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Stuffy nose
  • Runny nose
  • Clear or white nasal discharge

Sinusitis symptoms, on the other hand, often include the following:

  • Sinus pressure and/or congestion
  • Facial tenderness and pain
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Yellow or green nasal discharge

Allergies can be tested for using blood and/or skin testing, which can help you and your doctor determine how your allergies would best be treated.

Sinusitis is often acute, meaning it will clear up, perhaps with the help of antibiotics and/or over the counter decongestants. Chronic sinusitis, on the other hand, is a sinus infection that has lasted for more than 8 weeks. If the chronic sinusitis does not respond to medications and/or allergy treatments, surgery may be necessary.

Sinusitis Treatment Options

A person suffering from chronic sinusitis should contact renowned ear, nose, and throat surgeon, Dr. Babak Larian, to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Larian can discuss with you the various sinus procedures available.

For instance, he may suggest image-guided Targeted Endoscopic Sinus Surgery ™. TESS, a minimally invasive procedure that he developed in which the problem areas are treated with little impact on surrounding tissue. During image-guided TESS, a thin endoscope is inserted into the nose using a state-of-the-art mapping system to ensure precision. This procedure uses the sinuses inherent ability to drain themselves to help clear up infections.

Dr. Larian’s TESS can also be combined with Balloon Sinuplasty™, a procedure in which a small, flexible balloon catheter is inserted into the nose, targeting the problematic sinus. The balloon is then inflated to widen the walls of the sinus cavity and restore proper sinus function.

During your consultation, your doctor will discuss the different options he feels would be best for treating your unique condition.

Contact Babak Larian, MD, FACS Today

At the Center for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, California our team of world-renowned ear, nose, and throat doctors strive to bring our patients the best level of care possible. If you are suffering from allergies or sinusitis, contact our medical center today to schedule your initial consultation by calling 310.461.0300. It is often difficult to know whether your symptoms are the result of allergies or infection, but it is important to know how to treat them and our world-renowned doctors are here to help.