Dr. Weeks shares the connection between allergies and sinus infections.
Let’s talk a little bit about the connection between allergies and sinus infections. Allergies don’t cause sinus infections per se, but they predispose somebody to developing sinus infections. Again, it boils down to the amount of room that the sinuses have normally to drain the mucus.
When you think about the nasal cavity, you are talking about areas where two or three millimeters make a huge difference. With allergies, that leads to congestion and swelling inside the nose which narrows those passages further and causes them more likelihood of becoming obstructed. When you think about mucus draining from the sinuses and all those things that the sinuses need to do, when that space that they have to drain gets smaller, you are at higher risk for developing infection secondarily.
About Dr. Weeks, M.D.:
Dr. Brian Weeks specializes in diseases of the ear, nose, throat, as well as tumors of the head and neck region, including thyroid, parathyroid, and skull base tumors. He has advanced specialty training in endoscopic sinus surgery, and is a national/international leader in balloon sinuplasty surgery. Additionally, Dr. Weeks has expertise in minimally invasive surgeries of the head and neck, as well as head and neck reconstruction. His role in reconstruction of the head and neck includes management of skin cancers, facial defects and blemishes, and cosmetic imperfections. He also provides extensive knowledge in skin care, facial peels, and facial care products.