Steps to reducing the discomfort from sinusitis and avoiding its development
- Posted on: Apr 15 2020
Colds can be problematic for many patients, causing them significant discomfort in the nasal passages with sneezing, congestion, and nasal drainage. However, colds shouldn’t last longer than two weeks, and if patients are dealing with continued problems with their sinuses, it may be more than just a cold—it could be sinusitis. Sinusitis is the medical term for a sinus infection. This infection can develop when the sinuses are blocked and bacteria and viruses can become trapped. The germs then continue to grow and spread, resulting in inflammation and infection that may be associated with:
- Facial pain
- Sore sinuses
- Mucus buildup
- Bad breath
- Loss of smell and taste
- Fullness in the ears
These problems can occur long-term if patients do not get a proper diagnosis from the ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas and leave the condition untreated. There is a solution, and our team of professionals can help. In addition to providing effective treatment for sinusitis, we also educate patients on ways to reduce their risk of developing the condition and find comfort when they are experiencing it.
Below are a few recommendations for addressing and avoiding common sinus problems:
- Avoid upper respiratory infections – patients should take great care in keeping their nasal passages clear whenever possible when colds and allergies begin, as these can start the development of a sinus infection. Over-the-counter medications keep mucus flowing and avoid the blockage of the sinuses.
- Manage allergies – if you deal with seasonal or environmental allergies, management of these allergies can greatly reduce the risk of developing a sinus infection. Most patients benefit from either over-the-counter medications or prescription-strength solutions to control their allergies effectively.
- Nasal irrigation – consider nasal irrigation to not only relieve sinus infection symptoms but to reduce reliance on certain medications such as antibiotics and nasal sprays.
- Use a humidifier. Dry air can be problematic for patients who deal with chronic sinus issues. By using a humidifier in the main living spaces of the home, you can add moisture and reduce problems associated with dry air, including nosebleeds.
Discuss your sinusitis concerns with a professional today!
The ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas provide patients with solutions to avoid the development of sinus infections, while ensuring patients are comfortable and seeking treatment for active conditions. If you live in the areas of Celina, Plano, Allen, or McKinney, TX and want to work with a trained professional to learn more about this and other sinus conditions, call (972) 984-1050 to book an appointment at any one of our four convenient locations. At The ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas, we proudly offer solutions for new and current patients visiting our team.
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