As the weather changes, our bodies feel as though we are being pulled in different directions. A continuous stuffy nose runs amuck, and even though we tend to attribute this to bad allergies, it turns out that we are actually talking about chronic sinus infections. Pain in your sinuses is quite high, you’re dragging, and we’ve made these symptoms a part of just another bad allergy season.
This highlights one major point — most people can’t tell the difference between bad allergies and a severe sinus infection. Though that is alarming enough, very few will touch base with their doctor & simply taking OTC medication to alleviate their symptoms rather than find out what is really causing a problem.
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For starters, inflammation is found in the nasal areas of your face. The inflammation causes some rather large amounts of mucus to fill up nasal cavities, which causes some serious pressure. This, in turn, causes the complaints of headaches and pain in the face, which are the red flags that are missed by many people. One thing that should always be remembered is that the human body is an amazing creation that will let us know almost immediately when something is not right. Pain is one way we are being told that we need to get things checked out.
Something else people miss regarding chronic sinus infections is that they begin to attribute their high amount of fatigue to everything but a sinus infection. When you take into consideration the high amounts of swelling and pressure in your face and nasal passages, being able to breathe adequately will be compromised. This, in turn, makes laying down and sleeping harder to do because you are not able to draw in air in an effective manner. Sleep deprivation is never a healthy part of daily living, and it should be very high on the list of things that should concern you enough to seek medical advice.
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One final item of note we alluded to slightly is that people often confuse a chronic sinus infection with something else such as bad allergies, a cold, or the flu. Moreover, they just don’t equate runny & stuffy noses, as well as breathing difficulty, with a sinus infection. A pretty good way of knowing when to consider a sinus infection is that a cold or flu typically last about a week or so. If your symptoms persist beyond that time frame, it’s likely not one of those causing problems. Also, sinus infections may not actually have a tell-tale marker like mucus production when blowing your nose because the congestion is either further in the nasal passages or may be directly linked to swelling of the passages making it harder to breathe.
A chronic sinus infection is no time to play self-diagnostician. You need to get things checked out with your doctor. If you suffer from anything noted above and there is no improvement within a week or so, see your doctor.