We are all familiar with the symptoms we have with chronic sinusitis. Facial pressure, headache, fatigue, congestion. There’s plenty of reason to get this problem resolved.
You may not be aware of how it can affect other aspects of your health.
Chronic Sinusitis Health Affects
Chronic sinusitis causes significant worsening of asthma. Many times adults may develop asthma for the first time secondary to persistent sinusitis. Patients may also develop pneumonia because of persistent sinusitis which could require hospitalization.
Sinusitis also causes middle ear infections, fluid, and hearing loss. Because the brain and eyes are so close to the sinuses, sinusitis can also cause serious complications such as meningitis and eye infections resulting in vision loss.
Balloon Sinuplasty can now successfully resolve chronic sinus issues safely and easily. This non-surgical procedure done under IV sedation in our office restores the natural sinus drainage and allows the patient to breath clearly.
Tired of getting upper respiratory infections? You just got over one and now you are sick again!
Why does this happen and how can you make it stop?
There are several reasons why you may be more prone to infections in your sinuses. The first major reason is allergy. Allergic inflammation causes the natural defense mechanisms to not work properly. Think of your lining having a force field that keeps bacteria from reaching your lining and causing an infection. This force field doesn’t work properly when you have allergic inflammation and you are more likely to get an infection. Using allergy medicines such as nasal steroid sprays and nasal antihistamine sprays during your allergy season can help a lot to reduce infections. Even more effective is allergy prevention using allergy drop therapy. We perform allergy skin testing in our office without any needles and formulate allergy drops based on the testing. These drops used under your tongue daily can stimulate your immune system to block your allergies without the need for medicine. It literally vaccinates your allergies away.
The next major reason is anatomical predisposition. Everything in the body has a structure function relationship. If you have structural problems in your nose or sinuses then you are much more likely to get sinus infections. Deviation of the nasal septum, nasal polyps, narrow sinus outflow tracts are all common reasons for frequent sinus infections. We have technologies in our office to identify the structural issues that may be present. Better yet we have a simple office procedure, called Balloon Sinuplasty, performed to correct these issues. With essentially no downtime your structural issue can be resolved allowing much better breathing and a resolution of your recurring sinus infections.
If you are having recurring upper respiratory infections come by for a comprehensive evaluation of your sinus structure and allergies to live life without annoying infections.