Find out what might be causing your sinus issues and when to see a doctor.
From headaches and facial pressure to blocked nasal passages, dealing with sinus problems is no fun. No matter whether these are symptoms that come and go throughout the year or issues that you face regularly, you want to find out what’s going on so that you can best address the problem. Fortunately, here at Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic in Orangeburg and Walterboro, SC, your allergist, Dr. John Ansley, can provide you with the answers that you’re looking for.
The most common causes of sinus issues include:
If you’ve been told that you suffer from allergies, you are certainly no stranger to a runny nose, sinus pressure, and breathing problems. Common allergens include dust, pollen, and pet dander, each one leaving patients you with nasal inflammation. Since allergies and sinusitis produce similar symptoms it can be challenging to figure out what’s actually going on, but our Orangeburg, SC, allergist and ENT doctor can provide you with the answers you’re looking for.
Nasal passages need to be able to drain properly; however, if there is inflammation within the sinuses this can prevent mucus from draining. As a result, mucus gets trapped inside the sinuses. This can lead to intense facial pain and pressure, as well as problems breathing. If you suspect that you may be dealing with a partial or full nasal blockage it’s important that you see your otolaryngologist right away.
Sinusitis, or a sinus infection, will happen to most people at least once during their lifetime. Fortunately, a sinus infection will usually run its course and clear up on its own (you can nurse symptoms with over-the-counter medication and home care in the meantime); however, if you’ve been dealing with symptoms of sinusitis for more than a 2-3 weeks without relief or if your symptoms are getting worse despite treating your symptoms, then it’s important that you see an ENT doctor.
The wall of cartilage and bone that separates the two nasal passages is known as a septum. Sometimes this wall doesn’t develop perfectly straight, and this curving or leaning of the septum can end up making one nasal passage smaller than the other. In more serious cases, a deviated septum could even cause mucus buildup in the smaller or partially blocked nasal cavity. Most people don’t even realize they have a deviated septum until they visit their doctor about recurring or persistent sinus problems.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
If you are having trouble getting your sinus problems under control, the ENT team at Carolina Ear Nose & Throat Clinic in Orangeburg and Walterboro, SC, is here to help. Call one of our offices today at (803) 536-5511 or (803) 549-1720 to schedule an evaluation.