Tips for Sinus Sufferers

By AOO on April 17, 2018 under Sinusitis

Tips for Sinus Sufferers

Sinus sufferers are common, and if you’re one of them, you’d probably do just about anything to find relief! While finding a cure for sinus problems can be challenging, there are effective ways to improve symptoms and your daily life.

Sinusitis Symptoms

Some people are unaware that they might have a sinus problem! The symptoms of sinusitis include facial pressure and pain, yellow or green nasal discharge, post-nasal drip, and a cough. While these symptoms are typical with the common cold, if they persist longer than ten days, you might have a sinus infection. Prolonged or reoccurring sinusitis could be a sign of chronic sinusitis.

At-home treatment options

There are some simple steps you can take at home to help ease sinusitis symptoms. Dry air can worsen congestion and sinus irritation, so buying and using a humidifier in your home could help with your symptoms, especially while you sleep. You might also try a saline solution nasal spray to moisturize the nasal cavity and thin the mucus. These can be bought over-the-counter or prescribed by a physician.

Know when to see a physician

Because there can be many causes of chronic sinus problems, it can be helpful to see an ENT specialist to determine the root cause of your symptoms. Some sinus issues could be caused by a bacterial infection, requiring an antibiotic. In other cases, nasal polyps obstructing the airway could be to blame. An ENT specialist can discuss your symptoms and examine the nasal cavity to determine what’s causing your sinus problems.

If you’re unsure of what’s causing your sinus problems or if you’re having trouble managing symptoms on your own, contact Associates of Otolaryngology today! We can schedule your consultation with an ENT specialist, so you can be on your way to better breathing.