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Allergy symptoms commonly confused with sinus infections

Many people are quick to shrug off sneezing and itchy eyes as signs of an allergic reaction, but research suggests that a majority of individuals often mistake the condition with sinus infections.

A survey conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) found that out of 621 participants, only 36 percent of allergy sufferers consult a physician for their symptoms. As a result, more people suffer from sinus infections than necessary, according to WebMD.

"If you have allergy-like symptoms that last longer than 12 weeks, or symptoms that occur more than three times per year, with symptoms usually lasting more than 20 days despite treatment attempts, you may have chronic sinusitis," Mike Tringale, vice president of external affairs at the AAFA, said in a news release.

Individuals who suffer from allergies throughout the year may want to consider using an air purifier to remove contaminants from their living spaces.

The IQAir HealthPro Plus contains a HyperHEPA filter that can help allergy sufferers remove ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. This includes irritants such as pollen, cigarette smoke and pet dander.