The human body is an incredibly complex piece of machinery, and even a seemingly small malfunction can cause wide-ranging effects. A sinus infection would fall right in this category. Under normal circumstances, no one would even notice their sinuses, however, an infection or an allergic reaction can make them wonder why they even exist!
Sinusitis refers to the inflammation of the sinuses. Under normal conditions, our sinuses continuously produce mucus that is cleared through through their opening into the nasal and oral cavity. If, however, this clearance does not take place at the normal rate or an excessive amount of mucus is being produced, then symptoms of sinusitis show up.
What Are The Most Common Symptoms Of Sinusitis?
The first thing that most patients notice is a feeling of heaviness. This can be quite disconcerting and off-putting to some people. They may complain of a chronic headache, pain in the facial region, pain in the teeth, dizziness and fainting spells.
The increased weight due to the accumulation of mucus in the sinuses can lead to fatigue. Patients often report falling asleep as soon as they hit the bed, and even feeling drowsy throughout the day.
Depending upon the kind of sinusitis, there are other symptoms that will be apparent as well. A running nose, difficulty in breathing while sleeping, persistent cough, loss of sense of smell, altered taste sensation and muffled hearing are all some of the commonly reported symptoms of sinusitis. Some people also complain of a burning sensation along their nasal passage and sinuses.
It is likely that your doctor will prescribe over the counter medication as the first line of treatment. This will include nasal decongestant sprays, nasal drops, steam inhalation and some rest until recovery is complete.
A course of antibiotics is also added if the cause of sinusitis seems to be related to infection. A test for potential allergies may also be advised.
The use of a nasal endoscope to clear out the sinuses while also having a closer look at the structure of the sinuses is a commonly employed option. If the findings show that the anatomical opening of the sinus is smaller than is usual, then a surgical procedure to expand this opening is performed.
Sometimes the cause of the increased mucus formation is related to a nasal polyp. These overgrowths of the sinus lining need to be removed, in one piece if possible. Any remnant can become the cause of a recurrence of their formation.
Other most common causes
The most common cause for dizziness is due to a temporary special disorientation. It is something that happens to most people, is transient and does not recur too often. If however, an increase in pressure and dizziness start to appear frequently then it has to be examined immediately.
Other causes that cause dizziness include trauma to the head, neurological disturbances, postural hypotension (this is a condition in which blood pressure falls rapidly as a person gets up from a horizontal position), hemorrhage, middle ear infection, psychological disorders like severe anxiety and claustrophobia or even a tumor inside the brain tissue.
Such symptoms associated with vomiting, bleeding from the ears, loss of memory or a change in personality should be treated like a medical emergency.
A lot of the time, the main complaints will not point to sinusitis directly. They assume that heaviness in the head and dizziness has something to do with the brain and neurons rather than their sinuses. Thankfully, however, a lot of the time the answer is much simpler and less morbid than we imagine. If the symptoms described above do not clear away even after taking all the relevant at home measures, then it is time to get to a doctor to take a closer look.
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