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Have your sinus symptoms been lasting for weeks on end with no relief?
Have you ever experienced symptoms that seemed like a cold but lasted several more weeks than a common cold should? If so, then what you may have been dealing with was a sinus infection (also known as sinusitis). If you are currently dealing with congestion, nasal blockage, facial pressure and pain, and throat irritation then chances are good that a sinus infection could be to blame. Our Norwalk, CT, otolaryngologist Dr. Andrew Parker is here to tell you how to treat your symptoms and when to schedule an appointment.
Unlike a cold, a sinus infection can easily last about four weeks. If it’s a viral sinus infection then your symptoms will typically only last about 10 days and not get progressively worse, while those with a bacterial sinus infection will experience symptoms that last much longer. You may even notice that symptoms get better before they get worse again.
It’s important to pinpoint whether a virus or bacterial infection is to blame because this will determine how our Norwalk, CT, ENT doctor will treat the issue. Common treatment options for tackling your sinus infection include:
This may include over-the-counter or prescription decongestants, or other pain and anti-inflammatory medications, allergy medications (if your sinus infection is due to allergies) and even steroids (for more serious symptoms).
Using a humidifier, particularly in the bedroom, can help provide the moisture you need in the air to ease symptoms (especially while sleeping). Try a Neti pot or saline solution to target nasal congestion and blockages. Apply a warm compress over the face to alleviate pain and pressure.
When to Consider Surgery?
If you have severe chronic sinusitis that cannot be managed with other treatment options then it might be time to talk to our ENT specialist in Norwalk, CT, about whether you could benefit from sinus surgery or balloon sinuplasty.
If your symptoms aren’t responding to treatment or if your symptoms get worse then it’s important that you schedule an appointment with our Norwalk, CT, ENT office to get to the bottom of your problem. Get the relief you need to breathe easier!
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.