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How do you know if your symptoms are actually caused by sinus issues?
We see countless patients each year who are complaining of sinus issues. Fortunately, there are many solutions our New Canaan, Westport and Norwalk ENT doctor, Dr. Andrew Parker, can offer you that it would be silly not to seek care if your sinuses have been giving you trouble.
It’s important to be able to pinpoint the cause or causes of your sinus problems. This is where our ear, nose & throat specialist in New Canaan, Westport and Norwalk, CT comes in. While allergies are a fairly common issue, nasal dryness, congestion, asthma or sinusitis can all lead to further complications. Of course, no matter what might be triggering your symptoms, here are some at-home tips to tackling your sinus problems:
Especially as we head into fall and winter season we notice more and more people with dry noses. If you are someone who cranks up the heat in your house but often find yourself battling nasal congestion or morning nosebleeds, then you may need to cut back on the heat. Wrap up in warm, cozy layers and keep the house at a colder and more manageable temperature for your nose.
All we have to do is look under the cupboard and you’ll see a variety of cleaning products that could potentially make your sinus issues worse. From hairsprays to countertop cleanings, if you really need to spray these items around the house, opt for a facial mask to protect your sinuses from the effects of these hazardous fumes.
We all love our pets and it can be devastating to find out that our family cat or dog is actually to blame for our symptoms. If you can’t say no to letting your pup sleep with you at night, it’s time you bathe your pet at least once a week to keep pet dander down. Of course, to play it safe it’s always a good idea to designate pet-friendly and no-pet zones so that you have a safe place to go should sinus problems hit.
Use a Humidifier
If you find yourself dealing with a stuffed up noise, putting some humidity back in the air can be beneficial. Use a humidifier in your bedroom every night or take a steamy shower to help open up your passageways and ease some of your sinus pressure.
If your sinus issues are severe, chronic or affecting your day-to-day life, it’s time you called our New Canaan, Westport and Norwalk, CT podiatry office to find out a good course of action for addressing your sinus issues. Call Parker Ear, Nose & Throat today.
Your sinuses are more than just holes in your head. Located above the mouth and behind your forehead, your sinuses are deliberate voids in your skull meant for specific purposes. Dr. Andrew Parker of Parker Ear, Nose and Throat takes care of these important craniofacial structures and treats their various maladies.
As a Diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology, Dr. Parker is a well-respected and trusted physician who believes in empowering patients with the knowledge they need to make good decisions about their health. As such, he offers answers to frequently asked questions about your sinuses in Norwalk, Westport and New Canaan, CT.
FAQS about Your Sinuses
- Where are the sinuses? The sinuses are located behind the forehead, along the sides of the nose and posterior to the cheekbones. They extend over the roof of the mouth. Essentially, sinuses are empty spaces in the skull. The 4 kinds of sinuses are the frontal, maxillary, ethmoid and sphenoid, and there are 4 pairs of sinuses in all
- What do the sinuses do? They perform many important functions. Their primary function is to warm and filter air. Some researchers say they also act as shock absorbers for the skull, aid the sense of smell and contribute to the tone of the human voice. The pink mucosal lining secretes a thin, watery fluid called mucous which traps pollutants and humidifies the air.
- What is sinusitis? The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says that sinusitis, or sinus infection, affects millions of people each year with pain, thick discharge, pressure, post-nasal drip, headaches, bad breath, ear pain and coughs. Just like the common cold, sinusitis may be viral, or some versions come from bacteria, allergies or an obstruction due to trauma, congenital malformation or a foreign body. Allergies, nasal polyps and air pollution contribute to this common infection.
- What helps sinusitis? Fluids and over the counter oral and nasal spray decongestants relieve the symptoms of sinusitis. Some people use plain salt water (saline) sprays to keep nose and sinuses clean. However, a bacterial infection may require antibiotic treatment. Some individuals need surgery to correct defects such as a deviated septum in the nose or other obstruction which blocks the free flow of mucus and air.
- When do I to visit my Norwalk, Westport and New Canaan, CT ENT doctor? Repeated sinus infections signal the need for referral to a board-certified otolaryngologist such as Dr. Andrew Parker. A nasal endoscope, digital x-ray, MRI or CAT scan visualize the sinuses and assist the physician in diagnosing the nature of the problem.
If you are concerned about the health and function of your sinuses, contact Parker Ear, Nose and Throat to arrange a consultation. You can feel better again. Call (203) 866-8121.