31 Million Texans with Chronic Sinusitis?
Chronic sinusitis is an uncomfortable and often dangerous condition in which blocked sinuses can become a breeding ground for aggressive bacteria. It is also a condition that earns its fair share of press, and rightly so: sinusitis is a widespread issue that cuts across every major demographic.
Still, I did a double-take when I recently read this: “According to the University of Texas Medical Branch, 31 million Texans suffer from chronic sinusitis.” This figure is somewhat alarming, especially given that the U.S. Census estimates the population of Texas at just 26 million people.
Humorous misprints aside, the article is worth a read for its simple and clear overview of the causes of sinusitis:
Chronic sinusitis is a common condition in which the cavities around nasal passages become inflamed and swollen.
This inflammation is caused by an infection or the body’s reaction to agents in the environment ranging from bacteria to molds or allergens.
Polyps play a significant role in sinusitis. Sinus polyps are growths or swollen tissue in the sinuses that obstruct breathing and make it difficult for sinuses to drain properly.
That pretty much covers it: bacteria, molds, allergens, polyps and anatomical blockages can all play a starring role in the development of sinusitis.
What can you do to address this problem? Contact an expert ENT in Los Angeles or beyond for an appointment, especially if your symptoms have stuck around for more than a few weeks. And if you can’t knock out the infection with antibiotics, it may be time to consider a safe sinus surgery instead.