Sinus Doctor | Four Common Sinus Problems

Sinus Doctor | A runny nose, headache, and cough can put a damper on your day and make you feel terrible. Sinus trouble can be a bother to deal with, especially when your problems are recurring. If you are always under attack from your sinuses, you need to see a sinus doctor to find out if you are suffering from one of these four common sinus problems. 

  1. Sinusitis- A sinus doctor diagnoses hundreds of patients each year with sinusitis. This common sinus illness is usually caused by an infection but can also be caused by a virus, nasal allergies, or a fungal infection. Colds can turn severe and also lead to bacterial infections that lead to sinusitis. You should be concerned that your cold is turning into sinusitis when you develop a fever, cough, increased congestion, weakness, or fatigue. 
  2. Deviated Septum- There are two halves of your sinuses, and they are separated by a septum made of bone, mucous, and is centered down the middle of your nose. When your septum is not perfectly centered, you have a deviated septum. This condition can cause congestion in one or both nostrils, facial pain, headaches, nosebleeds, and postnasal drip. Sometimes you will only notice these symptoms when you have a cold. Children with deviated septum will often have raspy breathing or snoring when they are asleep. 
  3. Nasal Polyps- Inflammation from asthma, infections, immune disorders, or allergies can cause nasal polyps which are sac-like growths that hang from the nasal lining. They might look like snot or raindrops. They are not cancer, and if they are small, you may not even notice them. When polyps enlarge, they can block your sinus cavity and cause breathing problems. Snoring, facial pressure, reduced sense of smell, headaches, postnasal drip, and teeth pain can be signs of nasal polyps. 
  4. Nasal Cancer- Though severe, nasal cancer is very rare and can develop in the nasal cavity or behind your nose. Sometimes, nasal cancer can also develop in the paranal sinuses which are small hollow spaces around your nose. Those most at risk for nasal cancer are males over the age of 40, workplace chemicals, smokers, or those with human papillomavirus. 

If you are worried that your sinus problems may be more severe than over the counter medication can handle, book an appointment with our sinus doctor at National Allergy & ENT at 843-285-6578.