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Nasal congestion, nasal blockages, facial pain, and pressure—these are all symptoms that arise when sinuses go rogue. Just like the rest of the body, these hollow cavities within the skull can also fall victim to a variety of conditions and problems. The most common sinus problems include:
Acute sinusitis (also known as a sinus infection)
Unfortunately, there are countless people around the world dealing with these problems, and these chronic sinus problems have even been linked to a higher rate of depression. This is why it’s so important to have an otolaryngologist by your side that can help you get to the bottom of your symptoms and improve how your sinuses feel and function.
Millions of Americans deal with acute sinus infections each year. While they can be a nuisance, they usually don’t cause much harm and will often just run their course without treatment. In the meantime, you can ease your symptoms by applying warm facial compresses, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, staying hydrated and using nasal sprays, if necessary. Symptoms of acute sinusitis usually go away within one month.
Unfortunately, there are some people who deal with chronic sinusitis, in which symptoms last more than three months and don’t seem to respond to at-home care. When this happens it’s important that you seek medical care from a qualified ENT doctor who can provide you with more aggressive options for handling the infection.
In the past, the only treatment option for severe or chronic sinus infections was t surgery; however, now ENT doctors offer a minimally invasive treatment known as balloon sinuplasty, which is quick and easy to perform, doesn’t require any incisions or bone removal, and boasts a very fast recovery period. Balloon sinuplasty can be a great alternative to traditional sinus surgery.
A lot of people have a deviated septum but might not even realize it. If it isn’t giving you any problems then it’s not something to worry about; however, if you are dealing with severe or chronic nasal congestion, particularly on one side, this could definitely be alerting you to the fact that you have a deviated septum. Those with a deviated septum are also more likely to develop nosebleeds or recurring sinus infections. Surgery is often required to repair the septum.
Allergies are another common issue that people deal with, particularly during certain times of the year. If you find yourself fighting back sneezing and congestion rather frequently then you could be allergic to pollen, pet dander, or dust mites. Other allergy symptoms include:
Runny or stuffy nose
There are a variety of medications and lifestyle modifications that can keep your allergies in check. It’s important that you seek the care of an ENT specialist, as untreated allergy symptoms can often get worse.
If you frequently suffer from a blocked or stuffy nose, you know how irritating it can be. A stuffy nose can cause discomfort, headaches, and trouble smelling or tasting foods. But your Sun City West Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians can offer tips to help you breathe easier.
Try a Humidifier
Moist air may help to reduce inflammation in your nasal tissues. It will also thin the mucous in your nose helping you to clear it away more easily.
Try the Shower
Much the same way a humidifier will help calm and clear your nasal passages, the steam from your shower can do an even better job. If you prefer not to get your whole body wet, many nose doctors recommend that you try running hot water in the sink, then lean over the sink placing a towel over your head to trap the steam.
Drink More Water
Staying hydrated helps to thin the mucous in your nasal passages so that you can clear them more easily. It doesn’t just have to be water, either. You can drink tea or eat a broth-based soup.
Use a Saline Spray
An over-the-counter saline spray can help to unblock your nasal passages by reducing inflammation. If you are interested in a medicated nasal spray, talk to your Sun City West Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians about this option.
Visit the Pharmacy
Your pharmacist can recommend nasal decongestant sprays that can help relieve a stuffy nose. However, you should not use these types of nasal sprays for prolonged periods without speaking to your doctor. Overuse of some nasal decongestants could worsen a blocked nose.
Treat the Cause of the Problem
One of the most effective ways to treat a stuffy nose is to figure out what is causing it to begin with. A blocked nose could be caused by seasonal allergies or an allergy to dust or pets. In other cases, a blocked nose may be caused by an infection or injury to the nose. Your otolaryngologist can treat these issues.
If you suffer from a chronic stuffy or blocked nose, talk to your Sun City West nose doctor. The otolaryngologists at Arizona ENT offer diagnosis and treatment for ear, nose, and throat problems. Schedule an appointment for a consultation today by calling (623) 975-1660.