Are you suffering with chronic sinus issues?

sinusOur temperatures here in Florida during the winter season dip and rise from the low 40’s to the high 80’s on a weekly basis. This variation lends itself to “cold” weather.

Stuffy nose, sore throat, watery eyes, headache, and fatigue. All are signature sinus issues. All can make your life downright miserable. It is sometimes hard to distinguish if you are experiencing allergies or a cold. Proper diagnosis and treatment can lead to quicker recovery and less suffering.

Though colds and allergies have different causes – Colds stem from viruses and allergies are triggered by allergens, they both can lead to sinusitis. Sinusitis occurs when the sinus cavities become swollen and mucus drainage is impaired. When the mucus cannot drain properly it can lead to increased pressure resulting in pain and eventually infection can set in.

Those who have allergies or asthma are the most likely to develop sinusitis. This is because their sinus tissue becomes swollen when they breathe in triggers like pollen, smoke or dust. Here in Florida, something is always blooming leading to an extended, nearly year round potential allergy season.

Most cases of sinusitis will resolve without antibiotics in about two weeks. If you are still experiencing the same level of symptoms or they have gotten worse over the first two week period do consult a physician.

At home treatment can include: Drinking extra fluids, nasal decongestants, nasal sprays, heat packs, humidifiers or salt water rinse with a net pot, breathing in essential oils of peppermint, wintergreen or eucalyptus may ease symptoms.

If you have known allergies or suspect allergies to be the culprit, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of sinusitis. Your allergist/immunologist may recommend ongoing treatments such as allergy shots or medication which can help to control inflammation. Avoidance of allergy triggers is always advised if possible.

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