Learn more about the link between Sinusitus and Bad Breath
At least 37 million residents of the USA have chronic sinusitus. Are you one of them?
What is Sinusitus?
Sinusitis is an acute or chronic inflammation of the nasal sinuses-the hollow cavities found within the cheek bones and near the eyes. The inflammation can be triggered by inadequate draining due to allergies, infections or structural problems of the nose such as narrow drainage passages or a deviated septum.
Chronic sinusitis occurs when sinus blockages persist and the lining of the sinuses swell further. Polyps (growths in the nose) may develop with chronic sinusitis. Patients with polyps tend to have irritating, persistent post-nasal drip. Evaluation by an otolaryngologist may include an exam of the interior of the nose with a fiberoptic scope and CAT scan x-rays.
But misunderstandings about the most frequent cause of inflammation have led to millions of failed treatments.
Do You Have Sinusitus? What are the Symptoms?
There is an important difference between a sinus infection and sinusitus. A sinus infection can be caused by a germ (cold or flu as examples) and lasts usually for a few days up to a few weeks.
Sinusitus is an inflammation of the membrane lining of the sinus, especially one or more of the paranasal sinuses. If three or more of the following symptoms persist for more than ten days (and sinusitus can go on for week after terrible week), it is likely that you have this medical condition: facial pain, headache, thickened yellow mucus, low fever, congestion or stuffy nose, dizziness, pain in the upper teeth, and bad breath.
The symptoms are very similar to that of acute sinusitus. In chronic sinusitus the discharge may be primarily in the form of a post nasal drip or may manifest itself as unrelenting headaches. Both acute and chronic sinusitus may cause halitosis (bad breath) which may substantially affect your social life and romantic interests!
Adults and adolescents with sinusitus will often have headaches or facial tenderness to make the diagnosis clear. These are much less common in younger children. Instead, the symptoms are usually similar to a prolonged cold.
The common cold usually lasts about seven days. Within one to three days of the onset, the nasal secretions usually become thicker and perhaps yellow or green. This is a normal part of the common cold and not a reason for antibiotics.
There may be a fever, or a sore throat from post-nasal drip, or bad breath. About half of affected children also have ear infections (caused by the same bacteria).
In subacute and chronic sinusitus, the symptoms are often minimal, but include the ongoing cough and nasal discharge.
How Can I Eliminate the Bad Breath Caused by Sinusitus and Post Nasal Drip?
It is essential to flush the excess mucus from the nasal passages and throat area. Mucus left in this area will stagnate and cause infections which worsen the problem. I've found an excellent product here that greatly assists in the flushing process.
Alternatively, you may find these nasal-sinus drops helpful in combating the bad breath caused by post nasal drip and sinusitis.
Crusty old mucus left in the nasal and sinus passages also stops the intended proper drainage of the sinus cavities. Once these areas are cleaned, it is important to maintain the area.
If you are someone who suffers from post nasal drip on a regular basis, this article will provide additional information on how you can put a stop to your bad breath, while you are working on your post nasal drip issues.
Meanwhile, this free e-book is a fantastic resource that covers all aspects of bad breath, including it's relationship to post nasal drip and excess mucus.
Also, take time to check out these links, which lead to other articles on post nasal drip, curing nasal congestion and tonsil stones - issues that are all related to bad breath.