Are you coughing, have stuffy nose congestion, feel tired and achy with a headache, fever? And your favorite cold medicine treatment offers little or no relief to these symptoms you figured was just a common cold.
You may be experiencing sinusitis. What you thought was “simply” sinus inflammation potentially developed into an infection. There are two basic types of sinusitis, acute and chronic.
Acute sinusitis lasts for less than four weeks, typically starts as a cold which turns into a bacterial infection.
What happened is while you are in the stuffy nose phase of a cold, the failure of proper sinuses draining allowed your always present bacteria in your nose or throat starts to multiply. This multiplication results in causing of your acute sinusitis.
You are also prone to develop acute sinusitis episodes if you suffer from nose affecting allergies and irritants, such as:
Treatments that may help relieve your acute sinusitis symptoms include:
- pain relievers
- saline nasal sprays
- allergy medications
- heating pad laid over your nose
Chronic sinusitis (rhinosinusitis) lasts longer and is recurrent. In chronic sinusitis, your nasal sinus membranes thicken in response to incessant inflammation.
Although chronic sinusitis causes are largely unknown, many of its sufferers have allergies or asthma. Constant exposure to allergens can be the cause of chronic inflammation to your nasal sinuses, like:
- house dust
The prevailing expert belief is that infection is not the root cause of chronic rhinosinusitis. However, frequent acute sinusitis may turn chronic. Some other causes of chronic rhinosinusitis may be:
Chronic sinusitis is a “bugger” to treat for long term relief.
Steroids (oral and nasal), antibiotics, saline nasal washes or sprays are all out there being used in hopes of relieving mucous causing nasal sinus blockage. When all this fails, surgery may be an option which increases sinus passage size for drainage, and quality of life improvement.
Some sinusitis lifestyle adjustment relief treatments that may be beneficial are:
- moisten your nose using saline (salt) sprays
- avoid exposure to irritants, smoke or chemical
- avoid water diving ~ forces water into the sinuses
- avoid air travel ~ if sensitive to air pressure reduction
- avoid exposure to anything you’re allergic to ~ discover with allergy evaluation
- avoid long periods in chlorinated swimming pools ~ chlorine may irritate your sinus linings
- avoid very dry environments or use a humidifier, keeping in mind you may have allergies to molds or humidity creates your sinus issues