Thursday, June 14, 2018

Asthma and Sinusitis

Asthma is a common disease in the United States, and it can be quite debilitating. A large number of asthma patients also suffer from another complaint that can impact upon their quality of life, sinusitis. Let's look at the effects of both conditions, the links between them, and how to treat and manage them.

What Is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition caused by inflammation of the airways. It's a common disease, yet can cause very serious problems for sufferers. People with asthma can have difficulty in breathing, and it may be accompanied by a wheezing or rasping sound. They may also cough, and have a tight chest. There are many factors that can trigger asthma attacks, including allergies, environmental conditions, and over exertion. Inhalers, often containing corticosteroids, are a common treatment for controlling the disease, as well as relieving the symptoms during an asthma attack.

What Is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucus membranes inside the sinuses within the nose. Headaches and facial pain and pressure are commonly associated with the condition, sometimes accompanied by jaw or toothache. There may also be a thick discharge from the nose that can be discolored. Sinusitis sufferers may feel very ill and tired during a bout, and the symptoms can last for weeks at a time, or longer, only to reoccur again in the future.

The Link Between Asthma And Sinusitis

Studies demonstrate that many asthma sufferers, whose condition can be classified as moderate or severe, also have chronic sinusitis. Either of these conditions on their own can be very unpleasant, but when suffering from both, the negative effects of the conditions can be magnified. It has been shown that patients with asthma and sinusitis do worse with their asthma symptoms when their sinusitis is poorly controlled. Patients with asthma and sinus disease will typically benefit greatly from improved control of their sinus condition.

Treatments For Sinusitis and Asthma

There are a number of treatments that can effectively control sinusitis, and prevent the return of infections. When sinusitis is well-controlled, patients with asthma typically have improved lung function and fewer asthma-related symptoms. Patients with asthma and sinusitis should consider evaluation and treatment by an Otolaryngologist who will typically work closely with a patient’s primary care physician and/or pulmonologist with a focus on helping to get a patient’s asthma under optimal control.

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