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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.
To learn more about Sinus Disease in New York City call Dr. Richard Nass M.D. at 212-734-4515 or book an appointment online.
Sinus disease, also known as sinusitis, is a common condition that affects millions of Americans every year. Symptoms of this condition include headache, facial pressure, cough, fever and a sore throat. Sinus disease can be acute or chronic. ENT specialist Richard Nass, M.D. sees many Manhattan residents with this very concern every year.
What Causes Sinus Disease?
Sinus disease occurs when the nasal passages swell and become blocked, trapping mucus and air inside them. This can happen as the result of a cold, allergies, infection, a compromised immune system or a structural defect in the nasal passages.
What Sinus Disease Treatments are Available?
Thankfully, no matter what is causing your sinus disease, your Manhattan ENT likely has several treatments you can try. Talk to Dr. Nass to figure out which treatment is best for you.
For minor and temporary sinus disease, blockage or pressure, you can likely find relief simply by drinking plenty of fluids, using a humidifier, breathing in steam, flushing out your sinuses, avoiding household irritants and resting. For more persistent sinus disease, you may find it helpful to open or close your windows, depending on the air quality both inside and outside, and to change your home air filter.
If your sinus disease symptoms are moderate to severe, you may need to take antibiotics, decongestants, pain killers, allergy medications or steroids. Surgery is also an option when nothing else is effective.
If you are one of the many Manhattan residents currently suffering from sinus disease pain and pressure, make today the day you finally visit an ENT to do something about it. One visit to Dr. Nass may be all you need to uncover the cause of your sinus disease and decide on the right treatment method for you so you can live your life to the fullest, without fear or sinus pain and pressure, once again.