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If you have ever suffered from sinusitis, you probably dread the feeling. That onset of stuffy head, painful sinus cavities, and achy feeling all over. Then comes the fever. Your teeth and eyes start to hurt. Post-nasal drip sets in, and you’re down for the count. Who could imagine that a few small cavities in your head could cause so much discomfort or congestion?
Sinuses are hollow spaces surrounding your nose. Healthy sinuses perform a much-needed function of lubricating the nose with mucus. The mucus protects you from pollutants and other irritants.
Sinusitis, sometimes referred to as a sinus infection, occurs when the tissue that lines the sinus cavities becomes inflamed. Swelling can be triggered by something as simple as a cold, an allergen, or a pollutant in the air.
Because sinus cavities are located close to the eyes and teeth, you might also feel pain in those areas during sinusitis.
When sinus cavities are swollen, mucus doesn’t flow freely. It backs up. That makes the sinus cavities ripe for bacteria, viruses, or fungi to grow. The sinuses react to those germs by producing even more mucus. Next thing you know, you’re in pain and misery. Sinusitis has set in.
If you have experienced sinusitis, you know it doesn’t go away overnight. Acute sinusitis can linger for two weeks or even longer. Believe it or not, that’s the good news. Chronic sinusitis can last for months.
Once you have recovered from sinusitis, you hope not to have that experience again anytime soon. Unfortunately, it might recur sooner than you’d like. People often suffer from sinusitis throughout the year, regardless of the weather and other health factors.
If you are suffering from sinusitis, or if you are prone to recurring sinus infections, a visit to our allergist, Dr. Hadjiev can help. He can treat your current infection and symptoms, so you can have some reprieve and start getting well.
That’s just the beginning of what Dr. Hadjiev will do to help you. He will also look for underlying causes of your sinusitis. He doesn’t want you to keep having those sinus infections any more than you do. The goal is not just to treat your current sinus infection. It’s also to help you become less susceptible to sinus problems in the future.
If you are not suffering right now, but you are prone to sinus infections, our allergist can help you determine why you regularly have sinusitis. You can get answers and help before the next infection sets in.
When something affects your sinuses, you can’t stop them from reacting, swelling, producing mucus, or becoming infected. But through a medical exam and tests, our allergist will be able to treat the underlying causes and help you minimize the triggers, so your sinuses can work better.
Through a medical exam, our allergist will look for any structural problems that might contribute to frequent sinus inflammation. Nasal polyps, a deviated septum, or other problems that block the sinuses can cause susceptibility to sinus infections.
Allergens and environmental pollutants can also trigger recurring sinusitis. Through allergy testing and looking at your medical history, our allergist can determine what may be causing your sinus inflammation.
When you know what is triggering your sinus reactions, you can begin to modify your environment to eliminate or reduce those triggers. Where needed, immunotherapy may be offered along with other treatments.
If you are suffering from sinusitis right now, or if you have frequent problems with sinus infections, don’t suffer any longer. Call Dr. Hadjiev and make an appointment at our convenient Midtown Manhattan office today.
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