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• Congestion
• Runny nose
• Cough
• Facial pain or pressure
Fever is not a common symptom unless a subsequent infection has set in.
Beyond the constant stuffiness and sinus pressure, chronic sinusitis can also cause a reduced sense of smell or taste; difficulty breathing through your nose; pressure or tenderness around eyes, nose forehead or cheeks; postnasal drainage, drainage down the back of your throat; discolored drainage from the nose; ear pain; or chronic cough.
• Subacute sinusitis is simply acute sinusitis that continues for up to 12 weeks.
• Chronic sinusitis is classified as sinus- itis that lasts longer than 12 weeks and, as the name implies, may last an indefi- nite amount of time.
• Lastly, recurrent sinusitis will feature several bouts of sinusitis during a year.
Chronic sinus infections can be more than unpleasant; they can cause serious medical conditions such as vision prob- lems, chronic pain or headaches, and infections that spread from the sinuses to other areas of the head and neck. Chronic sinusitis can also affect mental health. Dealing with the symptoms associated with chronic sinusitis can affect quality of life, not only for those living with the condition, but also for others around you.
3. Get plenty of sleep. Your body needs rest to heal itself.
G. Zachary White, DO, is an otolaryn- gologist at Bronson Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists in Battle Creek. He uses the latest surgical techniques, studies the newest research, and applies this knowl- edge to personalize care for each of his patients.
4. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
5. Inhale steam from a hot shower, steam machine, or towel/bowl of hot water.
6. Apply warm compresses on affected
areas of the face.
7. Use medications sparingly, and only
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American Cancer Society Freshstart Smoking & Tobacco Cessation Program
Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 10-19, 2 to 3 p.m. Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center
300 North Ave., Battle Creek
Free. Kick the habit for good! Program consists of four sessions. Register at or call (269) 341-7723.
Hip or Knee Pain Got You Down?
Wednesday, September 11, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Barry County Commission on Aging
420 W. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings
Free. Join us for lunch and a program on preventive, nonsurgical and surgical treatments, including hip and robotic-assisted knee joint replacement. Register at or call (800) 451-6310.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Signs, Symptoms & Treatments
Thursday, September 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kool Family Community Center, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek Free. Learn about signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and best treatment options. Register at or call (269) 441-0948.
Free Vein Screening
Friday, September 13, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
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Breathe Easier, Breathe Better
Wednesday, September 18, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kool Family Community Center, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek Free. Learn about respiratory issues and lung disease, ways
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Prostate Screening Event
Tuesday, September 24, 5 to 7 p.m.
Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center
300 North Ave., Battle Creek
Free. Men – receive a free prostate exam and learn about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. Register at or call (269) 341-7723.
Grandparents 101
Wednesday, Sept. 25 and Thursday, Sept. 26, 6 to 9 p.m. Bronson Battle Creek Outpatient Center
300 North Ave., Battle Creek
$30/couple. Grandparents, join expectant parents to learn what has changed over the years with taking care of babies. Topics include feeding, soothing, diapering, car seat safety and CPR. Register at or call (800) 451-6310.
Most of us have found ourselves asking the question, “Is this cold getting worse or what?” Spend a couple of days in this questionable state and you soon realize that you’re either getting better or your cold might well be something a bit more intense. Your next question may be, “Is this a sinus infection?”
A very common condition, sinusitis comes in different forms. The different types of sinusitis are based on how long and how often the bouts of sinusitis last. • Acute sinusitis presents itself in the
for as short a period as possible. These may help: Corticosteroid or decon- gestant sprays, oral decongestants and over the counter pain relievers
If your symptoms have not subsided or have worsened after a week to ten days, you may have developed a second- ary infection in the sinus cavities due to prolonged congestion and inflammation. In this instance, a doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to treat the secondary infec- tion.
Sinusitis should be an occasional thing. If your sinusitis doesn’t go away or you have ongoing bouts of sinusitis that do not get better with standard treatment, you may have an underlying issue that
is keeping your sinuses inflamed or not allowing them to drain properly.
What is Sinusitis?
Chronic or Recurrent Sinusitis
manner described above. It starts out feeling like a nasty cold and lasts for two to four weeks. Typical symptoms often include:
Some conditions that can cause chron- ic sinusitis include: chronic allergies or respiratory tract infections; asthma; com- promised immune system due to medical conditions; physical damage to the nose or sinuses; tumors or nasal polyps; devi- ated septum; or smoking or consistent exposure to cigarette smoke.
Dr. G. Zachary White, Otolaryngologist
The majority of acute sinusitis cases are minor and recovery is a relatively simple matter. Generally, a case of acute sinusitis will not require a visit
to your doctor. In fact, viruses cause most cases of acute sinusitis and a pre- scribed antibiotic will have no effect on the virus or longevity of your illness.
Nevertheless, there are things that you can do to lessen symptoms and make yourself more comfortable while you are ill. There are procedures and products that may lessen or relieve symptoms. The next time you are sick, try these seven easy tips:
The takeaway? An occurrence of
acute sinusitis that comes and goes is something that should not concern you. However, if you can’t get rid of your sinusitis or have cases that occur over and over, talk with your primary care provider about seeing a specialist. It is important that you and your doctor get to the root
of the problem and find a solution. Your sinuses, your quality of life, and those who share your life will thank you.
Feel Better Faster
1. Rinse your nasal passages using a saline spray, neti pot, or similar.
2. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Dehydration will make your congestion worse. The extra conges- tion can make your sinuses more sus- ceptible to infection.
If you have any questions about sinus- itis, talk with your primary care provider. If your doctor decides you need to see a specialist, he or she may refer you an oto- laryngologist for follow-up care.
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