Allergens Worsen SinusitisA study conducted recently by Dutch researchers has revealed that allergies can cause sinus problems. According to the researchers from the Allergy Research Foundation located in Breda, the Netherlands, when allergens enter the nose of a person who suffers from sinusitis, he or she will in all probability end up developing adverse sinus responses like inflammation.
In the US, it is estimated that around 30 to 40 million people suffer from chronic sinusitis which is a condition where the maxillary sinuses located below the cheeks get inflamed and swollen. In addition, it is also known that many of the people suffering from chronic sinusitis also have some or the other allergy.
The study took 71 patients with chronic sinusitis and 16 with nasal allergies but no sinusitis. When substances that cause allergies were dripped into the noses of the participants, it was found that 67 participants ended up developing around 104 nasal responses, and 89 nasal responses brought about a significant change in the sinuses. However, the participants who did not have sinusitis did not show any changes in the sinuses, and when non-allergic substances were introduced into the noses, both groups did not show any nasal responses.
The researchers were amazed at the swiftness of the responses that occurred when the allergens were dripped into the noses. And, not only was the nasal tissue inflamed, but also the sinuses. This clearly proves that doctors should be looking to prevent allergies in people suffering from sinusitis. In fact, people should be treated before they are exposed to allergens. Preventive measures can include using nasal sprays or over-the-counter antihistamines.