What are Sinus & Allergy Disorders?
Congestion, allergic rhinitis, a deviated septum, and mouth sores are just a few of the varied health problems that occur in this region of the body. Information about ways you can relieve symptoms at home and when you should see a physician can be found in this section.
Dr. Rubinstein is a board certified ENT and facial plastic surgeon. If you are bothered by congestion, allergic rhinitis, a deviated septum or mouth sores, he can help.
ALLERGIES & HAY FEVER
Nasal allergies, also known as hay fever, are very common and there are a variety of substances that can lead to allergies. Common allergens include pollen, mold, food, feathers, drugs, environmental pollutants, and household allergens like dust, pet dander, and household chemicals.
An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system reacts to an allergic substance. This triggers a variety of reactions in the body including the production of histamine which causes common allergy symptoms like itchy or watery eyes, nasal congestion, sinus congestion, headaches, sneezing, shortness of breath, hives and a scratchy throat.
While rarely life-threatening, allergies can significantly detract from one’s quality of life. Dr. Rubinstein will take a complete medical history, examine your ears, nose, throat and head, evaluate your sinuses, and conduct allergy testing if necessary. There are a variety of steps that you can take to improve your allergies. These may include minimize your exposure to allergens or having allergy shorts or drops. There are also many medications which can help including antihistamines, nasal decongestant sprays, steroid sprays, saline sprays and cortisone-type preparations.
Millions of Americans suffer from sinusitis and sinus infections every year. Sinus infections occur when the sinuses become infected with viruses or bacteria. The symptoms are very similar to those of a cold, but instead, last much longer. In some cases, chronis sinusitis can last up to twelve weeks with the same or worse symptoms. There are different treatments and options available for sinusitis, and we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our ENT Specialist, Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein, to determine which treatment is best for you.
There are many causes for not being able to breathe well out of your nose. Dr. Rubinstein will perform an extensive evaluation to see what the causes (s) are. These include possible allergies, a deviated septum, swollen turbinates, nasal polyps or a chronic sinus infection. To learn more about each of these conditions click on the links below.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Rubinstein, please contact the Hudson Valley Sinus Center at 845-562-6673.