Find out why sinus infections and other issues occur and what you can do about it.
While most people welcome spring with open arms, if you are someone who deals with sinus problems then this season may just wreak havoc on your sinuses. You may feel stuffed up and congested all the time. You may experience frequent facial pain and pressure. It may be difficult to breathe through your nose. If this sounds like you, our Daphne, AL, otolaryngologist Dr. Richard Palesano has the answers.
What causes sinus problems?
There are a plethora of issues that can affect the health and function of your sinuses. One of the most common is a blockage within one of the sinuses that prevents the sinus from drainage. When this happens, mucus buildup occurs, making it difficult to breathe properly through your nose. It can also cause nasal congestion, pain and pressure.
If you notice frequent sinus issues you could be dealing with a deviated septum, when the wall that separates the two nasal passages leans more two one side than the other, causing one nasal passage to be narrower.
Sometimes having a sensitivity to certain environmental elements or even to something you ate can trigger sinus inflammation. If you find that your sinus issues are triggered on certain days when you are outside or after eating a certain food, you will want to chat with our Daphne, AL, ENT doctor to find out what it is and ways to avoid it.
Another common reason people deal with sinus issues is because there is an infection present (also referred to as sinusitis). While sinusitis will often just go away on its own after a couple weeks, there are some people who deal with chronic bouts of sinusitis that last well over 12 weeks and don’t let up with at home care.
What are my treatment options?
There are ways to both prevent inflammation and to treat the problem when it arises. First and foremost, make sure that you are staying hydrated, which will thin out the mucus within the sinuses. Opt for a humidifier in the house, which will prevent your sinuses from drying out.
If your sinus problems are allergy-related you may want to try an over-the-counter allergy medication such as an antihistamine. Whenever possible, try to avoid the allergen altogether. In cases of severe allergies, you may want to talk to us about immunotherapy (e.g. allergy shots) to help reduce your body’s natural response to the allergen.
Those dealing with chronic sinusitis might find relief through prescription medications, balloon sinuplasty (a non-surgical procedure to open up blocked nasal passages) or traditional sinus surgery.
Don’t equate the beauty of springtime with nasal congestion and pain. If you can’t seem to get your sinus problems under control then call our Daphne, AL, or Mobile, AL, ENT office today to find out how we can help you.
Are you suffering from allergies? Well, you're not alone. One in every six people in the United States suffers from allergies, just ask your Mobile and Daphne, AL, doctor.
What are Allergies?
Allergies are triggered in a variety of ways. When your immune system reacts to a certain substance, usually something that's not harmful like peanuts, people suffer from a variety of symptoms, such as:
- A runny nose
- Nasal stuffiness and itchy
- Watery eyes
- Chronic sinus problems
- Postnasal drip
- Head congestion
- Frequent colds
- Recurring ear infections
- Hearing loss
- Chronic cough
- Skin rashes
- Chronic headaches and fatigue
How is your immune system triggered?
Your immune system is triggered by allergens through the air, by touch, or by ingestion, and can appear at any age. Here are a few examples of allergens you may find yourself in contact with:
- Dust mites
- Mold spores
- Pet dander
- Insect stings
If you don't know what you're allergic to, contact your Daphne doctor to make an appointment for an examination. The various tests will help your doctor diagnose your symptoms to successfully control and alleviate your allergy symptoms.
How do allergies affect your ears, nose and throat?
- Ears: Allergies can inflame and swell around the ear canal. This may prevent proper drainage of the middle ear so bacterial discharge clogs the tube and leads to infection.
- Nose: Allergens that are breathed in may cause bacterial sinus infection and lead to stuffy and itchy noses, as well as mucus production, coughing, or wheezing.
- Throat: People may suffer from post-nasal drip, excessive mucus production. If you use air conditioning and winter heating, this may aggravate several conditions, such as coughing, sore throats, a husky voice, and thick and dry mucus.
Have questions about treatments for allergies from Dr. Richard Palesano? Call our Daphne, AL, office at (251) 410-9000, or our Mobile, AL, office at (251) 470-8832 for more information.
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