It's hard enough to cope with allergies on the weekend, but dealing with
allergies at work is even more challenging.
Ask anyone who's ever dozed off in the middle of an important meeting
because of allergy symptoms or medications.
"Allergy symptoms are the No. 2 reason adults miss work," says James
Sublett, MD, a board-certified asthma and allergy specialist in Louisville,
The average worker with allergies misses about one hour per week over the
course of a year. But that sick time is...
Cold symptoms last longer than 10 days or
get worse after the first 7 days.
You have mild or chronic pain in the
face that lasts longer than a month, has changed, or has not been checked by a
You are taking antibiotics for a sinus infection, and you
do not feel any better after 3 to 5 days. You may need to try a different
antibiotic or add medicine that will reduce swelling to
Watchful waiting is appropriate if you have
symptoms of an early sinus infection (such as pain and pressure in your head
along with a stuffy or runny nose). An early sinus infection can often be
treated at home if you are in good health. If you develop symptoms of a sinus
infection, start home treatment, such as drinking lots of fluids and breathing
steam from a warm shower, and use the guidelines above to decide whether you
need to call a doctor.
Who to See
Sinusitis may be
diagnosed by any of the following health professionals:
Your doctor may refer you to an
ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist (also called an
otolaryngologist) who can provide a more specialized
examination of the nasal passages and upper throat. Referral to an ENT
specialist may be beneficial for people in whom nasal polyps or other
conditions causing blockage of the nasal cavity are suspected. Diagnosis and
surgical treatment of chronic or complicated cases of sinusitis may be done by
an ENT specialist.