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Chronic Sinus Infections and Allergy Shots: What You Should Know

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Sinus infections and recurring allergic reactions affect countless people around the world. From pet dander to dust mites and other common allergens, people deal with worsening allergy symptoms at different points during the year, leading to all sorts of discomfort. While you can use allergy medication to address the symptoms and provide relief, it remains a short-term fix. However, there are immunization programs available to help address the core of your allergy issues and help you see significant improvement. 

What Does An Allergy Shot Treatment Look Like?

The goal of an allergy shot treatment consists of exposing your immune system to small amounts of the active allergen and improving the immune response to future exposure. These treatments work similarly to a vaccine. With each subsequent visit, the dosage will increase to give your immune system a chance to adjust and react to the greater presence of the allergen in your system. For the best results, allergy shot doctors in PA recommend your treatment last between three and five years. 

Causes of Sinusitis 

While chronic sinus infections can be attributed to specific allergens and environmental factors, other causes can spark a recurring reaction. Instead of having causes that mimic the common cold, people that experience chronic sinus infections typically share swollen or inflamed nasal pathways for between four to eight weeks that can spark an infection. What causes the inflammation can vary, which leads to the different types of treatment options people pursue.  

Can Allergy Shots Help with Chronic Sinus Infections?

Allergen immunotherapy can help address your chronic sinus infections depending on the underlying cause. For the best results, these causes should stem from seasonal allergens or environmental factors. As long as the primary reasoning is related to the common allergens that affect people, the allergy shots should work similarly to alleviate your chronic sinus infection symptoms. The increased tolerance levels should help you get the relief you need in the future. 

Not only do allergy shots provide a clear path towards making allergy season more tolerable, but they can be incredibly beneficial in dealing with chronic sinus infections. With an allergen immunotherapy regimen, patients can see a noticeable reduction in the severity of their chronic sinus infections. If you want more information about allergy shots and whether one of our sinus allergy treatments is the right option for you, contact Dr. Goldberg and the team to schedule an appointment at our Willow Grove, PA office today!

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