WTAP @ 5 To Your Health Report: Sinusitis

By: Susan Hendricks
By: Susan Hendricks

Feeling stuffed up, tired, listless?

Blaming it on a cold or spring allergies?

Maybe it's something else.

Here's Susan Hendricks with today's Health Minute.

When it comes to real estate, you've got to be on your game. Yet even though she was successful at it, Sarah Brodsky always seemed a little off.

" I was constantly stuffed up, felt pressure on my face, headaches that would even be in the back of my head."

For years, Sarah had suffered from sinus problems. Even after numerous tests and different drugs, she couldn't shake the pain and exhaustion. She finally went to a sinus specialist, who diagnosed her with chronic sinusitis and recommended surgery.

"They opened all my passage ways so I could breather easier."
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses that occurs with a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. With chronic sinusitis, the cavities around the sinuses become inflamed and swollen, which interferes with drainage and causes mucus to build up.

"If a person has the symptoms, in my opinion the person has sinusitis regardless of what the physical examination or CAT scan shows."

Symptoms for sinusitis include, loss of smell. Coughing at night, fatigue, headache, nasal congestion, sore throat and postnasal drip. And in some cases a fever. And treatment ranges from pills to surgery.

Yet even though the symptoms are easy to spot, sinusitis still continues to be misdiagnosed.

"This is an illness that is seen in 14 percent of Americans. Internists are just not getting information."

For Sarah Brodsky the surgery has made all the difference.

For today's Health Minute, I'm Susan Hendricks.

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