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Health SceneBY DR. G. ZACHARY WHITE,Otolaryngologist at Bronson ENT, Head & Neck SpecialistsSinusitis: Seven Simple Things You Can Do and Signs That It Might Be Something Morethat you’re either getting better or your cold might well be something a bit more intense. Your next question may be, “Is this a sinus infection?”medical conditions• Physical damage to the nose or sinuses• Tumors or nasal polyps• Deviated septum• Smoking or consistent exposure toWhat is Sinusitis? A very common condition, sinusitis comes in different forms. The different types of sinusitis are based on how long and how often the bouts of sinusitis last.Beyond the constant stuffiness and sinus pressure, chronic sinusitis can also cause:• A reduced sense of smell or taste• Difficulty breathing through your nose • Pressure or tenderness around eyes,• Acute sinusitis presents itself in the manner described above. It starts out feeling like a nasty cold and lasts for two to four weeks. Typical symptoms often include congestion, runny nose, cough, facial pain, or pressure. Fever is not a common symptom unless a subsequent infection has set in.nose forehead, or cheeks• Postnasal drainage, drainage down the• Subacute sinusitis is simply acute sinusitis that continues for up to 12 weeks.4. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.• Chronic sinusitis is classified as si- nusitis that lasts longer than 12 weeks and, as the name implies, may last an indefinite amount of time.5. Inhale steam from a hot shower, steam machine or towel/bowl of hot water.• Lastly, recurrent sinusitis will feature several bouts of sinusitis during a year.7. Use medications sparingly, and only for as short a period as possible. These may help: Corticosteroid or de- congestant sprays, oral decongestants, and over the counter pain relievers.The majority of acute sinusitis cases are minor and recovery is a relatively simple matter. Generally, a case of acute sinusitis will not require a visit to your doctor. In fact, viruses cause most cases of acute sinusitis and a prescribed anti- biotic will have no effect on the virus or longevity of your illness.If your symptoms have not subsid- ed or have worsened after a week to ten days, you may have developed a secondary infection in the sinus cavi- ties due to prolonged congestion and inflammation. In this instance, a doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to treat the secondary infection.Sinusitis should be an occasional thing. If your sinusitis doesn’t go away or you have ongoing bouts of sinusitis that do not get better with standard treatment, you may have an underlying issue that is keeping your sinuses inflamed or not allowing them to drain properly. SomeThe takeaway? An occurrence ofacute sinusitis that comes and goes is something that should not concern you. However, if you can’t get rid of your sinusitis or have cases that occur over and over, talk with your primary care provider about seeing a specialist. It is important that you and your doctor get to the rootof the problem and find a solution. Your sinuses, your quality of life, and those who share your life will thank you.Feel Better Faster – Nevertheless, there are things that you can do to lessen symptoms and make yourself more comfortable while you are ill. There are procedures and products that may lessen or relieve symptoms. The next time you are sick, try these seven easy tips:1. Rinse your nasal passages using aChronic or Recurrent Sinusitis –saline spray, neti pot, or similar. 2. Stay hydrated by drinking lots ofG. Zachary White, DO, is an otolaryn- gologist at Bronson ENT, Head & Neck Specialists. He uses the latest surgical techniques, studies the newest research, and applies this knowledge to personal- ize care for each of his patients.water. Dehydration will make your10 SCENE 4409 I HEALTH ISSUEMost of us have found ourselves asking the question, “Is this cold getting worse or what?” Spend a couple of days in this ques- tionable state and you soon realizeconditions that can cause chronic sinus- itis include:• Chronic allergies or respiratory tractIf you have any questions about sinusitis, talk with your primary care provider. If your doctor decides you need to see a specialist, he or she may refer you to an otolaryngologist for follow-up care.When choosing Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, you can rest assured that you’ll receive the highest quality care. In fact, in Fall, 2018, Bronson Battle Creek received an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national organization committed to improving healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.congestion worse. The extra con- gestion can make your sinuses more susceptible to infection.back of your throat• Discolored drainage from the nose • Ear pain• Chronic cough3. Get plenty of sleep. Your body needs rest to heal itself.Chronic sinus infections can be more than unpleasant; they can cause serious medical conditions such as vision prob- lems, chronic pain or headaches, and infections that spread from the sinuses to other areas of the head and neck. Chron- ic sinusitis can also affect mental health. Dealing with the symptoms associated with chronic sinusitis can affect quality of life, not only for those living with condition, but also for others around you.6. Apply warm compresses on affected areas of the face.infections• Asthma• Compromised immune system due tocigarette smoke

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