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For many sinusitis sufferers, the swelling and congestion they feel is accompanied by cold symptoms, headaches, and sometimes even nausea and vomiting. Chronic sufferers also know that anything can set off their bouts of uncomfortable sinus congestion and irritation. For most, it’s not simply seasonal, but can be triggered by sensitivity to cold air – be it winter temperatures or excessive air conditioning, certain chemicals and fragrances, and organic allergies to pets, dust mites, and pollen.Sinusitis, by definition, is a swelling, or inflammation, of the mucous membranes which line the sinuses. Irritation can come from many sources, among them, seasonal allergies, hay fever, cold, and even the overuse of over-the-counter medicated nasal sprays. In rare cases, the patient may have a condition known as nasal polyps, which are small growths and can prevent air flow through the nasal and sinus cavities.
The most common symptom of sinusitis is a feeling of pressure in and around the nose, forehead, eyes, and sometimes the ears. Your upper and lower jaw, and even your teeth, will be painful in some cases. Many a dentist has referred a patient to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist because of what the patient believed to be a toothache.When the air passages are irritated, they will produce a mucous fluid. This increases the risk of infectious sinusitis. The fluid-filled sinuses become the perfect breeding ground for viruses, along with fungus-borne infections and bacteria.When this happens you may experience several different symptoms. From a cold, to fever and chills, a dark, thick mucous discharge and increased pain and pressure can all accompany a sinus infection. Left untreated, your sinus infection can spread to surrounding areas, such as eye sockets, and facial bones, even more serious conditions, which could land you in the hospital.
Finally, for those plagued by chronic sinusitis and dreading the next occurrence, contact the American Sinus Institute to inquire about a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure. Balloon Sinuplasty is a safe and effective procedure to clear the sinuses. You’ll find instant relief from the uncomfortable effects of sinusitis, and experience life to the fullest, once again.Contact us for additional questions or request a consultation.