Ashford Clinic Blog | Sinusitis
What is Sinusitis?
There seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding sinus infections. Since the symptoms are similar to that of the common cold, allergy attacks, or even the flu, this very common condition can certainly be mistaken for something else by those who suffer from it. Every year, 37 million Americans suffer from at least one sinus infection, or sinusitis. We’ll discuss what sinusitis is, and is not, and what can be done about it.
What causes Summer Sinus Infections?
Most people love summertime because of the warmer weather, getting outside, and a reprieve from germs and viruses that can run rampant during cooler months. But occasionally we see patients suffering from sinus infections during the summer. They all have one question: why?
What is the NOSE score?
It may sound like a joke but there really is a N.O.S.E. assessment for nasal congestion. Taking it may help you find a better way to breathe. The N.O.S.E. score is not some sort of gag. It is a serious medical tool that helps quantify the severity of a person’s nasal congestion. The questionnaire has been used for 15 years in nasal congestion research, its causes, and its treatments. These sorts of assessments are commonly used in medicine for other problems, so why not for your nose?
How to Get Rid of a Stuffy Nose
Nasal congestion is miserable, no doubt. If you are suffering you might want to try one or more of these tips to find relief. No matter the cause of your stuffy nose – allergies, viral colds, environmental irritants – it would be nice to open up the blocked passages and turn off the mucous faucet. Here are some potential remedies ranging from simple to surgical that can help.
What Causes Nasal Congestion?
Whether it is temporary or persistent, a stuffy nose is always a drag. What are the causes of nasal congestion? Read on to find out. You would think that breathing through your nose would be easy. But this is not always the case. And for those congested among us, not many problems are as annoying and disruptive as nasal blockage.
Breathing right can boost your immune system
Did you know there are ways to improve your health and bolster your immune system through proper, mindful breathing? The action of the immune system in defending the body from disease is a recent discovery. While ancient practitioners in Greece noticed the actions of immunity from disease, even earlier, yogis evolved ways to influence health and immunity through proper, mindful breathing.
Are my breathing habits hurting my health?
Look around at your fellow humans and you’re likely to observe that an impressive percentage of the population breathes incorrectly. Some of the most common features of inadequate breathing are taking shallow breaths; making audible sound while breathing, even at rest; and drawing breath with the muscles of the upper chest instead of using the diaphragm. Worst of all, and maybe the most common, is the habit of mouth breathing.
Why Is My Nose Stuffy?
What parts of your nose get stuffed up, why, and what to do. It’s more than just annoying and inconvenient when you can’t breathe properly through your nose. Medical experts, athletic trainers and yogis all agree that nose breathing is beneficial. When your nose is congested, because of cold or seasonal allergy or a malformation of the nasal passage, it’s more difficult to exercise, to sleep, and to concentrate on work or school.
The congested breather’s guide to Septum, Turbinates and Nasal Valve
What parts of your nose get stuffed up, why, and what to do. It’s more than just annoying and inconvenient when you can’t breathe properly through your nose. Medical experts, athletic trainers and yogis all agree that nose breathing is beneficial.
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that gently opens sinus passages restoring air flow and providing immediate relief for pressure from the sinus passages. It is a short, in-office procedure (typically one hour) to dilate the inflamed passages and flush the infected sinus cavities.
Most patients report that nasal breathing improves during the procedure and sinus and head pressure are immediately lessened. Because this is a minimally invasive procedure under light sedation, recovery is much shorter and less painful than traditional sinus surgeries.
Can an ENT Treat Headaches?
Headaches are one of life’s most common problems and there are countless ways to treat a common headache. However, what most people don’t know is that headaches are likely caused by ear, nose and throat (ENT) problems. They are among the most common causes of a headache and there are several conditions that could cause a headache as a symptom.
Sinusitis, ENT's, and You
Many annoying respiratory conditions will go away without medical intervention. The old adage, treat a cold and it will last seven to 10 days; don’t treat a cold and it will last a week to a week and a half is true. But there are respiratory conditions where it makes to sense to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Exercising with a Sinus Infection
Waking up with the tell-tale signs of sinusitis, congestion and drainage, is never fun. The severity of your symptoms can range from being a mild inconvenience to keeping you in bed all day, and everything in-between. This can be particularly frustrating if you maintain a regular exercise regimen. Should you exercise with a sinus infection? Will exercise help or hurt your condition?
Snoring & Sinuses, What's The Connection?
Have you been told that you frequently snore? Do you also regularly struggle with sinus infections? There is more of a connection between these two things than you might think. It is fairly common knowledge at this point that snoring can increase the risk of serious health conditions, like heart disease and stroke, so it should come as no surprise that snoring can also be caused by sinus issues.
It's just Allergies... or is it?
What's causing your stuffy nose? It's not uncommon for most people to say "It's just allergies" without understanding what that actually means. There is a lot of confusion about the difference between allergies and sinusitis (sinus infections), and while there is some overlap in symptoms, these are two different conditions and treatment can be very different for each.
How Can Balloon Sinuplasty Help Me?
At Ashford Clinic, our goal is to provide the best care possible for our patients through the most comprehensive treatment available. One such treatment option is Balloon Sinuplasty, an in-office procedure that we've seen incredible success with for patients suffering from a broad spectrum of ENT issues, from chronic sinusitis to snoring and sleep issues. Here's a bit more information on this highly-effective procedure...
Clear Your Head this Fall... Rinse Out Your Nasal Passages!
This time of year, it seems like everyone is dealing with some form of sinus infection, cold, or seasonal allergies. So, what better time than now to repost Dr. Alex Ashford's demonstration of a saltwater Nasal Irrigation technique for keeping your sinuses clear.
4 Mind (or Nose) Blowing Sneezing Facts
Everyone sneezes. Some people sneeze more loudly or forcefully than others, but it's something that everybody does. In a way, it's one of the few things that we all have in common. While sneezing is common to everyone on Earth, there are some really interesting things about sneezes and sneezing that most people don't realize.
Allergies and Nosebleeds
If you regularly struggle with allergy symptoms, you may notice that your nose bleeds. This may occur only occasionally, or it might be a frequent issue. The good news is that this is common among people who deal with allergies and while they are certainly a nuisance, they are rarely life-threatening. Let's dive a little deeper into what casues them.
The How's and Why's of Nasal Congestion
Now that the holidays have come and gone and life starts to drift back to normal, many of us start to wonder the same thing - "where did this nasal congestion come from?" This kind of congestion in incredibly common this time of year, and it can be an annoying and disruptive hinderance in our lives. Here's what causes nasal congestion and how it's treated...
10 Tips for Staying Healthy in Winter
It can be disheartening to start January with so much motivation and enthusiasm only to be hit with a nasty cold that takes weeks to fully get over. While there is no way to guarantee that you completely avoid illness during the winter months, there are some practical things you can do to help you stay healthy this time of year.
Hand Washing 101
Everyone wants to stay healthy, especially at times when there is a lot of illness going around. So, how can you protect yourself when it seems like everyone around you is getting sick? While there is no way to fully guarantee you will avoid any and all sickness, one of the most effective ways to prevent illness for you and your family is actually very simple - wash your hands.
Is it "Just Allergies?" Know the Difference.
"It's just my allergies." That's what many people tell themselves, and others, any time they experience a sore throat or runny nose. With Spring in full bloom and pollen covering everything, it's entirely possible that what many of us are experiencing are allergy symptoms. With that said, it's important now more than ever to know the difference between allergy symptoms and those of a cold or other respiratory issues. The symptoms can be very similar, but the root causes are very different. Knowing the difference between the two can help you to get the right treatment and feel better sooner.
Why Do My Throat and Ears Hurt?
Experiencing shart pains in the throat and/or ears can be incredibly unpleasant, and very concerning if it persists. While the most common cause of a sore throat is the common cold, there can be other underlying causes. In most cases, a sore throat will subside in a few days. If it doesn't, it's probably time to consult your doctor or even see your ENT.
Summer Sinus Infection Survival Guide
Unlike allergies, Sinus Infections aren't typically associated with a specific time of year. With that said, there are plenty of things that can cause a sinus infection to occur in the summer months, including lingering allergy symptoms and viral infections (aka the "summer cold"). Here's a quick guide to what causes sinus infections, what the symptoms are, and how they are treated.
Sinus Issues: 3 Sneaky Suspects
When your nose gets stuffy and you feel that familiar sinus pressure in your head, the first causes we typically look to are the familiar culprits: pollen, dust, and mold. While these "big three" are very often the offenders in causing your sinusitis, there are certainly other everyday substances that can cause or contribute to your sinus symptoms. Let's take a quick look at some of these everyday culprits and how to avoid them.
What's Causing My Sinus Headaches?
Sinus headaches are awful. Those who have them regularly know that they can ruin your day and bring your productivity to a grinding halt. Often mistaken for migraines, sinus headaches are more often associated with sinus infections, facial pain, discolored mucus, and even fever. So, what causes them, and what can be done to treat them? Let's find out.
Heat, Humidity, and Sinus Infections
It's August in Georgia, which means it's almost guaranteed to be hot and humid most of the time. While that's sure to make being outside uncomfortable for everyone, that's especially true for those of us who deal with sinusitis and other sinus issues. It turns out that the extreme summer heat can have an adverse effect on your sinuses, making you more susceptible to sinus infections or your lingering sinus infections worse.
I'm Over My Sinus Infection, so Why am I Still Coughing?
So, you’re finally over that troublesome sinus infection that’s lingered for weeks. Maybe you treated your symptoms at home, maybe you went to your doctor and had a round of antibiotics. Either way, you’re feeling much better and everything's back to normal...except for that cough that just won’t go away. Why is that? Is this normal? When will it go away for good?
What Causes Sinus Pressure?
Most of us are familiar with the pressure, headaches, and throbbing pain behind the eyes and cheekbones associated with sinus infections. This sinus pressure can be obnoxious or even debilitating, and some of us experience it more often than others. So, what causes sinus pain and pressure to occur, and what can be done to help it?
Barometric Pressure and Your Sinuses
Many of us have a friend or relative who could tell a thunderstorm was coming because their knees hurt. It turns out that there may be something to that. Have you ever noticed that changes in the weather can mean changes in your sinuses (headaches, pressure, etc.)? It's not your imagination! Recent studies have shown that there can be links between changes in barometric pressure and some changes in our bodies. While much remains unknown about Low and High Barometric Pressure Symptoms, here is what we know so far...
Is That My Nose Whistling?
Some of us are more musically inclined than others but rarely does musical talent apply to our noses. Everyone experiences some "nose whistling" at some point or another, but persistent musicality from your nose may be due to an underlying issue. Nose whistling usually clears up on its own and is normally not a serious condition, but if your nose just won't stay quiet, you might need to see a doctor. So, why do our noses whistle and how do we get rid of it? Let's find out...
Getting Rid of Sinus Congestion
Sinus congestion is something that many of us deal with at some point in the year, whether that's due to seasonal allergies or other sinus issues. Unfortunately, sinus congestion can also lead to several other symptoms, including headache, fatigue, and even nausea. With that said, there are a number of things that can be done at home to help these symptoms.
Soothing Itchy Ears and Throats
As with most upper respiratory issues, itching in the ears and throat is primarily caused by irritation. That irritation can lead to interrelated sinus issues like congestion and postnasal drip. Causes of the irritation can range from environmental to mild illnesses. Let's take a look at what causes these issues and how to soothe them.
Morning Sinus Headache?
If you’ve ever woken up with a sinus headache first thing in the morning, you’re not alone. The pressure and overall discomfort is not the way you want to start your day, but there are some simple remedies that you can try. First, let’s talk about some of the possible causes of your headache.
Air Travel and Sinus Infections
If you’ve ever wondered whether it’s safe to fly with a sinus infection, you’re not alone. While sinus infections are painful enough on their own, changes in air pressure can make sinus pressure even more uncomfortable. While this can make the infection worse if you’re not careful, there are steps that you can take to avoid changing or canceling your travel plans.
Is Balloon Sinuplasty Right for You?
You’ve probably heard us mention Balloon Sinuplasty more than once, but why should YOU consider it? Well, let’s go over what it is, how it works, and what the benefits are. It has helped many of our patients with sinus issues that they've struggled with for years. So, if you have sinus infections that keep coming back, this may be an option for you.
Differences Between Sinus Pressure and Congestion
You’re probably aware that congestion is a frequent cause of sinus pressure. But is it possible to have sinus pressure without congestion? Yes, although for very different and sometimes complex reasons. It’s also not always easy to identify the difference without medical assistance.
Winter Sinus Issues
Happy Holidays! It’s the time of year when we’re typically around a lot of parties, a lot of food, and a lot of changes in temperature. Let’s be honest - even if it’s cold outside, it’s likely warm inside and you’re probably going from one to another at least a couple of times a day. What can all of this mean though? Sinus issues. Not to worry - we’ve got some tips to help you avoid sinus discomfort this winter.
Do I Have Chronic Sinus Infections?
Anyone can suffer from sinus infections from time to time, and it really doesn’t matter whether you’re generally healthy, young, old, or avoid travel. At some point, something will probably trigger a sinus infection at least once in your lifetime. For those who experience sinus infections regularly, how do you determine whether or not you are suffering from chronic sinus infections?
Can Sinus Infections Cause Fever?
Is it typical to run a fever when you have a sinus infection? Yes. When you’re feeling ill, it’s normal to run through your symptoms in an attempt to identify why you’re sick. Sinus infections very often come with fevers, but there are different types of sinus infections. Fevers can indicate which type of sinus infection that you have.
Will a Sinus Infection Make My Throat Sore?
Will a sinus infection make your throat sore? In short, it certainly can. Sinus infections typically come with sinus congestion. The mucus that forms that congestion leads to post-nasal drip, which in turn irritates your throat. This is what leads to a sore throat from a sinus infection. Sore throats are symptoms of many illnesses though, including the common cold. So how do you know whether or not that sore throat is from a sinus infection? Let’s look at symptoms of post-nasal drip.
Are Sinus Infections Contagious?
You wake up with a headache, sinus pressure, coughing, a sore throat, and you’re exhausted. Is it a sinus infection? Maybe you have an important appointment, but are you contagious? These are all questions likely going through your mind as you try to determine the best course of action so you can get better and keep those around you from getting sick.
Can Sudden Weather Changes impact Your Sinuses?
Does it seem like you experience sinus pain when the weather changes? Sudden changes can trigger chronic nasal congestion, sinus infections, headaches, and intense seasonal allergies. This is not uncommon, but there are things that you can do to find relief. Let's take a look at what causes these symptoms and what you can do to counteract them.
What's the Difference Between a Sinus Infection and Chronic Sinus Infections?
Sinus infections can come and go for anyone, regardless of age, activity, or lifestyle. They can be triggered by things like stress, allergies, changes in humidity, or flying. These are just a few common examples of triggers. Generally, a sinus infection can be treated with over-the-counter medication, or your doctor can prescribe medications such as antibiotics if needed. Chronic sinus infections, or chronic sinusitis, is a bit different and can often require minimally-invasive surgical treatment. So what is the difference between a sinus infection and chronic sinusitis?
How To Deal With Sinus Symptoms Caused by Pet Allergies
For many of us, pets are family members. They bring joy, companionship, and comfort to our lives, so why wouldn’t we want to keep them inside where it’s comfortable? Sometimes though, their presence can trigger allergies leading to sinus issues. If you suspect that your precious pet is causing your sinus symptoms, there are steps you can take to create a better situation for everyone involved.
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
Sinus infections that keep happening, medications that cause drowsiness, fatigue, or don’t seem to work when you need them to, and the agonizing discomfort of sinus pressure. There are times when traditional treatments just don’t work for everyone the way that they’d like, and even medications can be disruptive to everyday life. There is an effective alternative, though.
When Should You See a Doctor about a Sinus Infection?
If you’ve ever wondered whether you should wait out a sinus infection or see your doctor, you’re not alone. It’s certainly tempting to skip the office visit when you feel terrible and don’t think that you’ll be told to do more than get some rest and take an over-the-counter medication. There are times when skipping that visit to the doctor can actually make things worse.
Do I have Allergies, a Sinus Infection, or a Summer Cold?
It could be a stuffy feeling, congestion, or even a sneeze that triggers that first question... “Am I sick, or are these allergies?” It’s certainly not unreasonable to wonder - so many symptoms can overlap when it comes to allergies and illnesses. How can you tell these conditions apart? Most of the time, you can probably go through your symptoms and rule out one or the other.
Is Balloon Sinuplasty Right for Me?
By now, you might have at least heard of a treatment called Balloon Sinuplasty. In fact, if you're a patient of ours or follow us on social media, you’ve probably seen it mentioned by us on several occasions. Is it right for you though? How familiar are you with how it works?