Cooler temperatures and beautiful foliage are part of the fall season in Nebraska but with it comes cold and allergy season. Dr. Murray Ramanathan is a head and neck surgery specialist and says the common cold or viral infection typically last for 7 to 10 days. Sometimes that can lead into a sinus infection that needs antibiotics before it clears completely. Allergies get better with medication.
Dr. Ramanathan says those who suffer with chronic sinusitis can suffer for more than 1w weeks. The symptoms include drainage, nasal blockage or congestion, difficulty breathing, pain and tenderness around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead. Some people experience a reduced sense of smell, taste fatigue and depression. It is one of the most common health conditions in the U.S. with an estimated one in eight adults suffering from the condition.
Those who suffer with chronic sinusitis often require medications but if there is no response surgery to enlarge the sinus opening may be an option. Dr. Ramanathan says surgery has advanced in recent years and there are new technologies, including a sinus stent that has improved outcomes.