Do you have a stuffy nose often, suffer from sinus headaches and congestion, or feel like your nasal passages are always blocked? If so, you may be suffering from chronic sinus disease. While the symptoms of chronic sinus disease can often go undiagnosed, it’s important to pay attention to recurrent symptoms that don’t seem to get better with over-the-counter medications. Read on for more information about how to tell if you have chronic sinus disease and what treatments might be available.
Common signs of chronic sinusitis include persistent nasal inflammation, thick/discolored discharge, and pain or pressure around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead. Other symptoms include a reduced sense of smell and taste, bad breath, dental pain, headaches, fatigue, coughing, congestion and postnasal drip. If you experience any of these symptoms on a regular basis, it’s important to see your doctor to determine if you have chronic sinusitis and what treatment options are available to you.
In addition to the aforementioned physical symptoms of chronic sinus disease, it’s also important to be aware of how this condition may affect your mood and energy level. People with chronic sinus disease often suffer from fatigue or depression due to their symptoms, and may also have difficulty concentrating. If you’ve noticed that your energy levels are lower than normal or that you’re feeling “off,” it could be related to chronic sinusitis.
In order to properly diagnose chronic sinus disease, your doctor will perform a physical examination and may have to order an imaging test called a CT sinus scan. Treatment for chronic sinus disease will depend on the underlying cause and severity. Generally, treatments are aimed at reducing inflammation, draining mucus from your sinuses, and fighting off any infection. Common treatment options include nasal sprays, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications (steroids), and possibly surgery.
Nasal corticosteroid sprays are very effective in reducing inflammation in the nasal passages which can help reduce symptoms of chronic sinus disease. These types of sprays need to be used daily over a long period of time to be effective. Antibiotics may be prescribed if an infection is present as well as antihistamines or decongestants to reduce congestion and/or swelling in the airways.
Surgery may be recommended if chronic sinus disease is caused by an anatomical issue like a deviated septum or another physical blockage in the nasal passages that can’t be treated with medications. In some cases, home remedies such as using a saline rinse or humidifier to loosen mucus or drinking plenty of fluids to thin out mucus can also help reduce symptoms of chronic sinus disease.
If you are frequently experiencing sinus pain, pressure, or congestion that doesn’t seem to go away, you may have chronic sinusitis. This is a serious condition that can lead to major health complications if left untreated. Fortunately, there are treatment options available that can help you get your life back on track. Contact us today at Bernstein Allergy Group to learn more about how we can help you manage your chronic sinus disease.