How to Know If You Have Chronic Sinusitis

Has your nose felt “stopped up” for a while, making it difficult for you to breathe? Have you tried blowing your nose to clear it, only to discover it doesn’t help? Do you have tenderness in your forehead or other areas of your face/head? If so, you may have chronic sinusitis. According to MayoClinic.org, “Chronic sinusitis is a common condition in which the cavities around nasal passages (sinuses) become inflamed and swollen for at least 12 weeks, despite treatment attempts.”

What causes chronic sinusitis and how can it be prevented?

Chronic sinusitis can be brought on by dryness, dirty air, or repeated irritation to the nasal passages. Our noses are probably more sensitive than we think, so it’s important take care of them. There are several ways you can protect yourself from chronic sinusitis. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, especially during flu season. Also, run a humidifier during the winter months, since the heat in our homes tends to make our nasal passages too dry. If you have an indoor-only pet, are prone to allergies, or are exposed regularly to cigarette smoke, talk to a physician about how you can prevent chronic sinusitis.

What are the symptoms of chronic sinusitis?

If you’re wondering whether or not you have chronic sinusitis, look at your symptoms. Some symptoms of chronic sinusitis include:

  • Thick, discolored discharge from the nose or drainage down the back of the throat (postnasal drainage)
  • Nasal obstruction or congestion, causing difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Pain, tenderness and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste in adults or cough in children
  • Ear pain
  • Aching in your upper jaw and teeth
  • Cough that might worsen at night
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Fatigue or irritability
  • Nausea

Consult a primary care physician for proper diagnosis and treatment, especially if your symptoms are accompanied with a high fever, swelling or redness around your eyes, confusion, a migraine headache, double vision, or a stiff neck. If you don’t receive treatment, your condition could worsen and/or develop into something even more dangerous such as meningitis. The fatigue alone, not to mention the numerous other symptoms you could be experiencing, can have a drastic impact on your daily life. We are ready to help you, contact us today!