Halitosis, Meet Sinusitis
The effects of sinus infection can be far-reaching and insidious, and can include everything from pain and fatigue to an impaired sense of smell. But bad breath? That’s correct – whenever a bacterial population takes up residence in your respiratory system, it can produces gaseous byproducts which are, in a word, objectionable.
So that’s the bad news. The good news, as this recent account highlights, is that treating this symptom may be as easy as getting your hands on a nasal spray:
My 11-year-old daughter had terrible breath. The dentist said it wasn’t coming from her teeth and referred us to an ear, nose and throat doctor who suspected that the small sinus cavities on either side of her nose had developed fungal infections. To treat it, he prescribed a nasal spray that is a mixture of fluconazole and triamcinolone. She used it twice a day, and within two days her bad breath was gone.
Such measures are good enough as a temporary fix, but what can you do if the problem keeps coming back? Chronic sinusitis may arise as a result of infection or anatomy, so the only way to know for sure is to speak with a sinus expert.
My Los Angeles sinus surgery practice offers quick procedures such as turbinate reduction surgery, nasal polyp removal, and balloon sinuplasty to help reduce the frequency and severity of persistent sinus symptoms. To learn more, contact my sinus offices today.