Sneeze me goofy! When it’s sinusitis…
Good morning fellow GlobalMusic4 Life fans. When I was little we use to say “sneeze me goofy!” when someone sneezed on us. It kind of meant hey excuse yourself or cover your mouth you are sneezing on me! Even though in the cold regions of the world the allergy season is dwindling down, the cold season is upon us. Cold mean runny noses and the works. I was wondering when is it a cold and when is it sinusitis? At what point should you just stay in bed or run to the doctor?
Disclaimer: Blogger here not doctor, ok continue…
Sinusitis is an infection of the sinus cavities. It is often preceded by a cold or an allergy. It can also be caused by environmental factors like smoke and pollution. This is another reason why second hand smoke is a bad thing and why folks in mainland China often walk around with little face mask on – pollution that literally make you sick. It needs to be treated by a physician who will be able to tell, after tests, if it is bacterial, viral, or pollutant caused. Bacterial infections are the most common.
While ill sinus fluids and mucus drain into the nasal cavity and the cavity becomes inflamed and “stopped up”. This can lead to a lot of pain and inconvenience.
Symptoms of Sinusitis vs Allergies vs the common Cold
|Pain and pressure in face||Yes||Often||sometimes|
|Duration||10 plus days||Can last indefinitely||Less than 2 weeks|
|Nasal discharge||White or colored||Clear, watery||Thin or thick, white,|
|Pain in upper teeth||Yes||No||No|
|Irritability and fatigue||Sometimes||25%||75%|
|Post nasal drip||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Nausea and vomiting||More often in kids||No||Sometimes|
|Pain behind cheek and eyes||Yes||Yes||sometimes|
Yes, it is confusing. They look like three coins of the same denomination!
Acute sinusitis is defined as a sudden onset lasting a month or less* Chronic is 3 months or more* either may need to be treated with surgery if they get too severe. This is to remove diseased tissue and polyps while clearing narrow nasal passages.
The best initial treatment is time. We don’t want to create any more super bugs* so it’s best to let the immune system at least try to do its job. If you are immune suppressed because of a medical condition that is different. See a doctor in any case. After that, antibiotic treatment and in rare cases antiviral treatments. For mild cases: use steam inhalation, a saline nasal spray or netti pot or drops. A humidifier in the room or home you sleep in is a good way to keep the nasal passages moist.
Well there really isn’t any. However there are things you can do to mitigate certain levels of risk. Wash your hands in hot soapy water. I do not believe in antibacterial soap any more. A good soap and hot water will normally dispel whatever ails you. A clean humidifier helps moisturize the air. Dry nasal passages can bleed (especially when vigorously cleaning the nose…) and let in germs. The area is more pliable if kept a bit moist. Avoid smoke and people with the flu or a cold.
Gently blow your nose one side at a time, I close my eyes too. One because in my mind it seems to work better and two I don’t want the germs in my nose spraying into my eyes… I don’t know if it makes a difference but hey my blog and my opinion. Leave the planes alone if you have a cold, if you have to go use a nasal decongestant right before takeoff. A stuffed up nose under pressure will give some people a horrible headache. Cover your face with a mask. It prevents you from sharing your cold and creates a barrier to prevent outside germs from getting into your delicate nasal membranes. Keep some anti-histamines and decongestants with you. Also drink a lot of water. Hydration helps from the inside.
Ok hope I haven’t grossed you out! Hey at least I didn’t say avoid kids, they are loaded with cooties!
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