Archive for September, 2010

Chronic Cough

UPI has an article about a recent study on acid reflux, commonly known as heartburn, and its link to chronic coughs. The study used a new sound recording technique to gather data on the connection between cough and reflux. Chronic cough is a common complaint defined as a cough lasting 8 or more weeks. Acid reflux has been linked to chronic cough as have asthma and sinusitis.

Chronic cough is a symptom of other illnesses affecting the esophagus. Irritation caused by acid, mucous, bacteria, or other irritants causes the cough reaction. When a cough persists it is the result of a persistent condition. Sinusitis and asthma are very often linked to chronic cough. These conditions aren’t alleviated by treating the cough, they need to be diagnosed and treated directly. If you’ve been suffering from a cough that has continued for at least 8 weeks, it may be a sign of a more serious condition. Contact our office to set an appointment and find out what treatment will be right for you.

Leave a Comment

It May Not Be A Cold

ABC Los Angeles has a report about sinusitis and how some people may confuse the symptoms with those of a cold. Sinusitis and the common cold have similar symptoms including congestion, post-nasal drip, fever, and coughing. The common cold usually only lasts a couple of weeks, at most. A serious case of sinusitis can last for months and make day to day life quite difficult.

Sinusitis can also develop after a bout of the common cold and that may be a reason people confuse it. They may start with a cold but then the inflammation of the sinuses leads to an infection that will persist after the virus itself has been cleared from the patient’s system. With winter on the way colds are soon to start interrupting our daily lives again with some regularity. If your cold seems to be persisting and is coupled with headaches that seem to be located behind the eyes and facial pain you may be suffering from a sinus infection. If you are concerned you may have a sinus infection, particularly if symptoms have persisted for 8 weeks or more, contact our office to set an appointment.

Leave a Comment

Whole Body Health

The Huffington Post has a good article about recent research and developments showing how improving the balance of good and bad bacteria in the digestive system can have an effect on other bodily systems and even help to treat seemingly unrelated illnesses. The article espouses a quality diet for maintaining digestive system bacterial balance and encourages a look beyond symptoms to how all of the body’s systems work together and how if one system, the digestive system in particular, is out balance it can have serious effects on the whole body. Among the ailments that may be effected are allergies, asthma, and sinusitis.

Allergies, asthma, and sinusitis are commonly seen as immune system concerns and this is correct. In allergies and asthma it is the immune system and particularly the inflammatory response that is a cause for concern. With sinusitis it may be caused by allergies, asthma, or viral or bacterial infection. Again, it is often an inflammatory response that causes symptoms. Most of the time the treatment approach for these ailments is direct and that is the right way to approach treatment. It is also possible that the ailments are part of other problems centered in  another system of the body. Pursuing whole body health and, particularly, an improved diet and improved digestive health is wise whether suffering from seemingly unrelated chronic illnesses or not. Living a healthy and active lifestyle and promoting whole body health will have a positive effect on any ailment.

If you have been suffering from sinusitis, asthma, or allergies and would like to discuss your treatment options, contact our office to set an appointment.

Leave a Comment

Reducing Antibiotic Resistance

The West Liberty Index has an article about the persistent concern of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and how to take steps to reduce the likelihood of contracting a resistant bacteria. The article focuses on not taking antibiotics for milder bacterial infections such as sinusitis or ear-infections and avoiding them altogether for ailments that are unaffected by antibiotics such as viruses. In addition, preventative methods like a healthy diet, exercise, and stress reduction to help boost the immune system are recommended.

The increased incidence of antibiotic resistant bacteria has been linked to overuse of the antibiotics in past decades. Sinusitis is somewhat common and can cause a lot of discomfort for patients but sinusitis is not always caused by bacteria. When antibiotics are taken to treat sinusitis caused by viruses or by a physical obstruction or deformity, then it can give rise to resistant strains of bacteria. Taking care not to overuse antibiotics can help to reduce the likelihood of more resistant strains developing. If you have been suffering from congestion, headaches, facial pain, or other symptoms commonly associated with sinusitis, contact our office to learn about your treatment options.

Leave a Comment

Vitamin D for Flu and Sinus Infections?

EmpowHer has a brief post about studies showing that Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a greater susceptibility to colds and flus. The suggestion from the article is that with taking more Vitamin D it may be possible to prevent contracting the flu or at least reduce the severity of a bout of the virus. The EmpowHer article primarily focuses on flu deaths, usually the result of bacterial pneumonia, but other complications, including sinus infections can result from a weakened immune response to the flu virus.

Vitamin D assists in healthy immune system functioning. It makes sense that a deficiency could contribute to a greater susceptibility to cold and flu viruses. In addition, viral sinus infections that are complication linked to cold and flu might be easier prevented with appropriate levels of Vitamin D. In general, to avoid sinus infections or any ailment maintaining a healthy balanced diet that provides the appropriate daily values of all vitamins should be helpful. Contact our office if you questions about methods of sinus infection prevention.

Leave a Comment

Mold Allergies

The Suffolk News-Herald reports on mold problems in public schools that lead to illnesses in children and a lawsuit. Mold allergies are a concern for many. Mold allergies can cause severe reactions and mold itself can cause infections including sinus infections and upper-respiratory infections. Depending on the type of mold and the frequency of exposure mold can pose a serious and even deadly health risk.

The best way to deal with mold is to eliminate it and eliminate conditions that encourage its growth in the home, school, or office. Mold thrives in dark and damp conditions. Proper ventilation in bathrooms or rooms that may get humid or experience water leaks is vital. Quick clean up and drying of any and all flooding and water damage is also key. When mold is found it is best to hire professionals to deal with it. If you have been suffering from mold related allergies or sinus infection or are experiencing allergic symptoms, contact our office for an evaluation and to determine your treatment options.

Leave a Comment

Sinusitis Dangers

NECN has a report about sinusitis and the need to properly diagnose the condition. The report is brief but covers the basics about what sinusitis is, the symptoms, and some of the treatment. Chronic sinusitis is an affliction faced by many Americans. Nasal congestion, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, and headaches are just a few of the symptoms experienced. All of these symptoms can lead to quality of life concerns but also contribute to more serious health problems.

Sinusitis is a common problem but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t serious. Congestion and difficulty breathing can make physical activity more difficult and could potentially disrupt sleep. Headaches and fatigue can lead to difficulty completing even simple tasks and may make operation of vehicles difficult or dangerous. An unchecked sinus infection can spread to other parts of the body. If you’ve been experiencing sinusitis symptoms, contact our office to set an appointment and determine your treatment options.

Leave a Comment

Eustachian Tubes

CNN Health answered a questions about helping to clear eustachian tubes after treatment for a sinus infection. Sinus infections and ear infections may block the eustachian tubes which drain mucous from the sinuses. This can cause discomfort. The eustachian tubes will typically clear on their own after the sinus or ear infection is treated. For discomfort caused by the blocked tubes over-the-counter pain medication will typically suffice. Still, there are methods for helping to clear the tubes if they aren’t clearing on their own.

Saline washes such as Neti pots or saline nasal sprays can help encourage the clearing of the eustachian tubes. There are some simple methods such as chewing gum or holding the nose and blowing that may also open them and help them clear. Oral decongestants or nasal spray steroids are other options available. Still, the eustachian tubes should clear with a little time once the underlying infection has been treated and these methods aren’t necessary. If you are currently suffering from a sinus infection, particularly a chronic infection that has lasted more than 8 weeks, please contact our office to set up an appointment and pursue your treatment options.

Leave a Comment

Headaches and Sinusitis

The British Columbia Local News has a very informative piece on headaches. It covers the various types and causes of headaches from migraines and cluster headaches to tension headaches and sinus headaches. While tension headaches are considered among the most common, also common are sinus headaches. Inflammation and irritation of the sinuses causes pain, typically in the face and behind the eyes.

Sinus headaches are often a symptom of sinusitis. When couples with nasal congestion and a runny nose a sinus headache likely indicates a sinus infection. Sinus infections are caused by bacteria, viruses, or physical obstructions that cause the lining of the sinuses to become inflamed and obstructs the flow of mucous. Sinus infections are treated based on their cause often antihistamines or decongestants are used. In the case of bacterial sinus infection antibiotics are often used. If you’re suffering from sinus headaches and other sinusitis symptoms, particularly if these symptoms have persisted for 2 months or more, contact our office to set up an appointment to determine which treatment is best for you.

Leave a Comment

Sinusitis Effects Baseball Player Lugo

The Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore Orioles Baseball player Julio Lugo’s recent trouble with headaches has been caused not by an in-game head injury but by a sinus infection. Lugo was struck in the head by a ball on August 29th and underwent an MRI to determine the cause of his headaches recently. The cause was identified as a sinus infection. This is another example of how sinusitis can effect any of regardless of how active our lifestyles are.

Sinusitis can occur in anyone from children to top athletes. Regardless of how healthy your lifestyle, you can still contract a sinus infection. There are many possible causes for sinusitis, including deformities of the sinuses, physical obstructions, allergies, or viruses. Treatment is determined based on the cause. If you’ve been suffering from nasal congestion and headaches primarily located in the face and behind the eyes, the cause may be a sinus infection. Contact our office to set an appointment and determine the best treatment for you.

Leave a Comment