What is Causing Your Recurring Sinus Infections?
Approximately 29 million adult Americans have been diagnosed with sinusitis (an inflammation of the sinuses) according to the CDC. In many cases, that inflammation is caused by an infection. There are relatively minor cases which may cause some cold symptoms, and other cases that can make it almost impossible to breathe, talk, or even see clearly. When you have recurring sinus infections, meaning they clear up and then come back frequently throughout the year, you should see Dr. Richard Nass at his East Hampton or Manhattan, NY office to find out the cause.
What Are Sinus Infections?
The sinuses are a series of cavities that are located next to your nose, between your eyes, and above your brow. They are connected by a network of passageways. When bacteria and germs irritate these passageways and cavities, it causes a sinus infection. The symptoms are headaches, pressure around the eyes, congestion, and overproduction of mucus.
What Causes Sinus Infections
When sinus problems happen time and time again throughout the year, they're called recurrent or recurring sinus infections. It's important to narrow down the possible causes with the help of your East Hampton or Manhattan, NY doctor. Here are a few possible reasons why you're having a recurring sinus problem:
- Exposure to another person who has a cold virus.
- Nasal congestion that isn't cleared promptly.
- Allergies (common in certain seasons).
- Exposure to too much dry air.
- An immunodeficiency disorder or related condition.
- Stress and lack of sleep.
- Smoking or secondhand smoke.
Treating and Stopping Recurring Infections
Your doctor will treat sinus infections by clearing the nasal passages and administering antibiotic therapies. Once you're consulted about the possible causes, you and your doctor can discuss ways of avoiding future infections. Actions to consider include using a neti pot to clear congestion regularly, taking allergy medication, buying a humidifier for your home, and joining a smoking cessation program. Oal steroids or antibiotics may also be prescribed depending on the cause of your infection. For severe infections, surgery may be needed. Fortunately, minimally invasive procedures such as balloon sinuplasty are available to treat your recurring infections.
Get Help at the Doctor's Office
Some cases of sinusitis go away on their own and don't keep coming back. But when you experience recurring sinus infections, you should see a doctor for help. Call (212) 734-4515 or (631) 324-4900 today to make an appointment with Dr. Richard Nass at his East Hampton or Manhattan, NY office.