Posts for tag: Sinus Pain
Could it be spring allergy season again or is your sinus pain being caused by something else?
It seems like the same old song and dance. You wake up with a scratchy throat. You have red watery eyes and a runny nose that just won’t quit. But today, maybe symptoms are starting to feel a bit different. You may even be wondering if perhaps this could be more than just allergies. Our New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport, CT, otolaryngologist, Dr. Andrew Parker, offers up some convenient ways to distinguish between allergy-related sinus problems and other conditions.
There are many things that can lead to sinus pain and pressure but the three most common culprits tend to be a sinus infection, common cold and allergies. The problem is that it can be very challenging to figure out what could be causing your symptoms. Here are some ways to determine what might be to blame:
Would you classify your “sinus pain” as a feeling of fullness in your face? You may feel achy pressure around the nose and even under the eyes. It may also be accompanied by fever, headaches, post-nasal drip and what feels like a toothache (this is really just referred pain). Through a physical inspection of the nasal passages, our New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport ENT doctor can often determine if your symptoms are due to a sinus infection.
Sinus infection treatment: A sinus infection may just go away on its own or it may require a prescription. If you find that your symptoms persist for over a week, it’s time to schedule an appointment.
While you’ve probably had a cold before, you may not always be able to distinguish if your sinus pain and pressure is the result of a cold or something more. Along with this pain, you may also have a runny or stuffed nose or develop a persistent cough or sneeze. If you do develop a fever, these cold-related fevers tend to be fairly mild.
Common cold treatment: Your body has the ability to fight off a cold on its own, but you will want to make sure that you give yourself the proper care you need such as staying hydrated and resting as much as possible. If you don’t see an improvement after a week then give us a call.
Some allergies can masquerade as the common cold with symptoms such as a runny nose, watery and itchy eyes, and sneezing. Of course, you may be more likely to experience a sudden attack of these symptoms rather than gradually noticing them over time.
Allergy treatment: A lot will depend what you are allergic to. We can provide you with helpful tips for keeping your home as allergen-free as possible, but we can also prescribe medications to manage severe or chronic allergy symptoms.
Don’t let sinus pain get you down. If you’ve been fighting symptoms for far too long and can’t find the relief you need then it’s time you turned to the professionals at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport, CT, to get to the bottom of your sinus issues.
Have you become resigned to living with sinus pain? Although over-the-counter medications can be helpful, sometimes they aren't effective in relieving stubborn or chronic sinus pain. Dr. Andrew Parker, your New Canaan, Westport and Norwalk, CT, ENT, discusses several treatment options that may help relieve your pain.
Identifying the source of your problem
Before a treatment is recommended, it's important to find out why you're experiencing sinus symptoms, including pressure in your forehead and around your eyes, pain in your teeth or neck, headache, congestion, cough and post-nasal drip. The pain may be due to allergies, infections or even obstructions in your nasal passages, such as polyps or bone spurs. You'll receive a thorough examination when you visit Dr. Parker's Norwalk, New Canaan or Westport offices, which will help him determine why you have sinus pain.
Congestion makes it hard to breathe and can increase your discomfort. Oral and nasal prescription-strength decongestants help clear your nasal passages and relieve your symptoms. If your infection hasn't gone away, you'll need to begin a course of antibiotics.
If your problem doesn't respond to any of these treatments, sinus surgery may be recommended. The surgery is used to remove nasal blockages and obstructions that cause chronic sinus pain. Sinus surgery can often be performed using a thin endoscope inserted into your nose. A camera at the end of the endoscope sends images to Dr. Parker's digital monitor, allowing him to clearly identify and treat the cause of your pain.
Sinus pain doesn't have to become a constant part of your life, thanks to a variety of treatment options. Call Dr. Andrew Parker at (203) 866-8121 to schedule an appointment at his Norwalk, New Canaan or Westport, CT, offices.
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.
Sinus pain is an annoying, uncomfortable condition to deal with, potentially putting you out of commission for weeks at a time. Luckily, relief is available at your Westport, CT ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr. Andrew Parker, MD at Parker Ear, Nose and Throat.
Why does sinus pain occur?
Sinus pain can come from many sources. More often than not, sinusitis is to blame. Sinusitis is the inflammation of the nasal sinus, and can be one of the following varieties:
- Acute: lasting less than four weeks
- Chronic: lasting longer than four weeks
- Reoccurring: acute sinusitis that keeps coming back
Allergies may also cause uncomfortable sinus pain. Additionally, blockages in the passage that allows mucus to drain from the nasal cavity cause pain. At-home treatments like applying warm compresses to the face or using a neti pot to clear sinuses are sometimes not enough to open blocked passageways. The best way to determine the best course of treatment or how severe your condition is is to consult with our doctor.
Treatment Options for Sinus Pain
Sinus pain can be an irritating problem. Luckily, there are many treatments available. Some common treatments for sinus pain include:
- Allergy medication: Sinus pain is often caused by untreated allergies. Your doctor can test to determine if allergies are causing your sinus problems. Antihistamines, which control allergic reactions, could be a simple answer to your sinus pain.
- Antibiotics: If a bacterial infection is causing your sinus pain, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics. Antibiotics are only effective in cases of bacterial infections, and will not help with a viral infection.
- Decongestants: Decongestants help reduce the presence of mucus in the nasal cavity. However, they should not be taken for more than a week.
- Nasal steroid sprays: Prescribed by your doctor, steroids can be inhaled to bring down the swelling of the membranes in the nasal passage. Oral steroids may be prescribed in more severe cases.
- Surgery: Surgery to open the nasal passage and flush the nasal cavity may be required in cases of reoccurring or chronic sinusitis. Your surgeon will use special tools to remove blockages and restructure the walls of the nasal passage to allow mucus to drain normally.
If you are suffering from sinus pain, contact Dr. Andrew Parker at Parker Ear, Nose and Throat in Westport, CT for more information. Call 203-866-8121 to schedule your appointment today!