The cause of nasal polyps is unknown. Various theories have been discussed, including allergy, infection, nerve pathway imbalance, enzyme abnormality, drug sensitivity and mechanical obstruction. Fortunately, most people with hay fever (allergic rhinitis) do not have polyps (<2%). Asthma has long been known to be associated with nasal polyps. Studies show that anywhere from 15%-30%…

Sinus infection

A chronic sinus infection can be much  subtle and linger for months. Signs of chronic sinusitis can include one or more of the following symptoms: stuffy nose, intermittent yellow or green nasal drainage (maybe only seen in the shower), occasional sinus area pressure or headache, bad breath, decreased sense of taste and smell, earaches, fatigue, and…

Woman having sinus infection

Symptoms of an acute sinus infection are pretty obvious, fever, severe sinus area pain, teeth pain, and yellow or green post-nasal drainage. Sinus problems are one of the leading causes of visits to the doctor, accounting for over 16 million doctor visits annually. Living with one sinus infection after another can be miserable, interfering with…

migraine

There are all sorts of headaches. Only a few types appear to have an allergic basis. Sinus headaches, which occur after obstruction and swelling of the sinus cavities, are often found in patients with allergic nasal problems. Treatment of the allergy condition with improvement in nasal function also reduces sinus drainage and decreases inflammation. If…

sinusitis

Are you tired of always being stuffy and having sinus headaches? Rather than running off to the drug store for more pills that either make you tired, too dry, or raise your blood pressure, it is time to start washing your nose. “Irrigating” the sinuses can effectively restore normal drainage and relieve you of those…

sinus-kid

Upper respiratory infections in children are the most common reason for visits to the pediatrician. Viruses are usually to blame for the few days of runny/stuffy nose, head fullness and irritability. When the yellow/green nasal drainage persists beyond the expected seven to ten day course of a viral infection, bacterial sinusitis is often the culprit….

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