Sinus Infections and Asthma—a connection

Sinus Infections and Asthma—a connection

Persistent cough? Stuffy nose? Thick mucus? Check, check, and check. But should you be reaching for your inhaler or your decongestant? While sinusitis is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection in the sinuses, asthma is caused by restriction of air entering the lungs due to the narrowing of the airway. But both can leave you miserable and gasping for breath. Did you know there may actually be a connection between sinus infections and asthma?

sinus headacheStudies show that up to half of all asthma sufferers also have bouts of chronic sinusitis. Even worse, the two exacerbate one another—the more severe asthma, the worse the sinusitis, and the worse the sinusitis, the more pronounced asthma.  An NYC sinus doctor tells us the similar symptoms of asthma and sinusitis that include:

  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Thick mucus and/or too much mucus

While asthma tends to have a greater impact on your life, sinusitis is easier to treat and prevent. And since steering clear of sinusitis can help keep your asthma under control, follow these guidelines for avoiding both:

  • Avoid allergens
  • Use a steroid nasal spray, in addition to your inhaler
  • Use a hypertonic saline nasal rinse
  • Drink plenty of water, to keep your mucus thin

If you have chronic sinus infections and asthma, an NYC sinus doctor may be the key to getting proper treatment for both of your conditions. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.

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