What Should You Do to Relieve Sinus Pressure?
Sinus pressure, or sinusitis, is a common problem. Sinus pressure is often a chronic problem, and many people suffer from the condition and have trouble finding real relief. There is a range of procedures that can relieve sinus pressure, some of which can be done at home and some of which require the care of a doctor.
If you are suffering from chronic sinus pressure, and the symptoms are impacting your quality of life, Dr. Zadeh is one of the leading ear, nose, and throat doctors in Los Angeles. He offers a full range of treatments and resources to help you find real relief, at last.
What are the Causes of Sinus Pressure?
Sinus pressure is most commonly the result of allergies. If you know you suffer from allergies, a simple allergy medication may be adequate to resolve the problem. For others, however, sinus pressure is the result of a far more complex problem.
In some cases, sinus pressure occurs due to the way your nasal passages are formed. If you have a deviated septum or another unhealthy nasal formation, you are far more likely to suffer from chronic sinus inflammation. Having chronic sinus pressure is painful, leading to constant discomfort, heavily affecting the enjoyment of life.
Symptoms of Sinus Pressure
Sinus pressure has many symptoms, some of which are surprising. As the nasal passage is connected to the ear canal and the throat, sinus pressure causes problems that impact more than breathing function. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Pain in face including the forehead, cheeks, or temples
- Jaw pain
- Congestion in the nose
- Aching teeth
- Unusual nasal discharge
- Bad breath
- General fatigue
The symptoms of sinus pressure are so varied that it can be difficult to determine the cause. You may feel that you have a more serious problem with your body, but many unpleasant symptoms can be traced back to a sinus problem.
Chronic Sinus Pressure
Sinus pressure can occur as a result of congestion from a common cold or allergies. In these cases, sinus pressure and the associated symptoms are temporary. In other cases, however, patients experience long-term problems as a result of chronic sinus pressure.
Sinusitis can be linked to more serious problems that can develop over time. If you have been unable to achieve relief for chronic sinus pressure, you may be at risk of developing a serious infection. As all the passages in the head are connected, sinus pressure can affect your breathing, the brain, and even vision. It is imperative that you seek treatment if you suffer from chronic sinus pressure.
Can I Relieve My Sinus Pressure with Over-the-Counter Medications?
There are some over-the-counter products that may help relieve sinus pressure. If you believe that you have sinus pressure associated with allergies, other effective measures can include the use of air purifiers and a regular deep cleaning your home and heat and air circulation systems to reduce the presence of allergens.
For some with minor sinus pressure, over-the-counter nasal spray or decongestant may be effective, but these products can be overused and unhealthy. Depending on the severity of the inflammation, it may be possible to treat the condition without intervention. Consider the impact a nasal condition could have on your overall health and seek a diagnosis to determine the actual cause of the ongoing sinus pressure.
Treating Sinus Pressure with Prescriptions
As an ear, nose, and throat specialist, Dr. Zadeh has treated countless patients suffering from painful sinus pressure to find real relief. As a first step, there are many prescriptions that may help with your case. Before resorting to any sort of procedure, Dr. Zadeh will assess your case and recommend a prescription to treat the cause of your sinusitis, when appropriate.
If you have allergy-related sinus pressure, an allergy shot can be helpful. In other cases, a prescription nasal spray or nasal steroid is often effective. If the sinus pressure has led to an infection, Dr. Zadeh can prescribe antibiotics so the infection can be treated.
Do I Need Sinus Surgery?
If your sinus pressure cannot be relieved through medication, it is possible that you may need sinus surgery. There are many delicate nasal passage procedures, and Dr. Zadeh is qualified to perform the most innovative and effective procedures.
Most surgeries to relieve sinus pressure are minimally-invasive and require only a brief recovery time. Dr. Zadeh can discuss your options and help you to determine what you need.
Should I See a Doctor?
If you have chronic and persistent sinus pressure and you have been unable to find a solution, it may be time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zadeh. You could keep experimenting with home remedies and hoping that your symptoms will go away, but until you can determine what is causing your sinus pressure you may be unable to achieve lasting relief.
Dr. Zadeh is one of the most qualified ear, nose, and throat doctors in Los Angeles, and he has treated many patients with chronic sinus problems. If you are suffering from chronic sinus pressure and would like to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Zadeh at his Los Angeles office.