Signs You May Have a Sinus Disease
Are you concerned that you may have sinus disease? Approximately 31 million people have the disease in the U.S., according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Dr. Richard Nass, your Manhattan, NY ENT, shares a few common signs of the disease.
How can I tell if I have sinus disease?
Sinus disease, also called sinusitis, can occur suddenly or may be a chronic problem. If you have sinus disease, you may notice:
- Cold symptoms that never seem to go away
- Nasal congestion
- Tenderness in your forehead, under your eyes and on the bridge of your nose
- Postnasal drip
- Ear pain
- Headaches in the front of your head
- Green or yellow nasal discharge
- Tooth pain that mimics the pain from cavities
- Bad breath
- Decreased sense of smell
Who gets sinus disease?
Anyone can develop sinus disease, but it's more likely to occur if your sinuses are narrower than normal, you have polyps in your nasal passages or you have a deviated septum. Allergies can increase your risk of developing sinus disease. If you have allergies, your nasal and sinus passages may be chronically inflamed and swollen. Other risk factors include a recent respiratory infection, asthma and immune system disorders.
How can an Manhattan, NY ENT help me?
If home treatment doesn't improve your symptoms, your ENT can offer a variety of treatments that will ease your pain and relieve other unpleasant symptoms. If you have bacterial sinusitis, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics. Due to concerns regarding the overuse of antibiotics, these medications are usually only prescribed if you've had symptoms for a week or longer.
Your doctor may also prescribe decongestants, antihistamines or nasal corticosteroids to reduce congestion, decrease mucus production and target swelling in your nasal passages. If your sinus disease is caused by polyps, a deviated septum or another defect, your ENT may recommend surgery to correct the problem.