Sinus Pressure and Season Change
April 23, 2018
Unless you’ve experienced the woes of intense sinus pressure, it’s hard to understand just how debilitating it can be. From intense sinus headaches to unmanageable congestion, it can be hard to carry on with a normal day when you’re experiencing sinus pressure. The worst part? It comes around like clockwork.
We’ve talked before about how the season change impacts your health, but today we’re breaking down exactly how the shift in seasons causes those inevitable sinus headaches and infections.
If you live in the deep south, you’re no stranger to the yellow coating of pollen that dusts cars and porches this time of year. It’s a nuisance, of course, but we often forget the serious threat that surrounds us when we experience poor air quality, which can include pollen, dust, mold, and even smog.
Even if you’re not allergic to a specific air pollutant, its presence can irritate your airways and cause your sinuses to secrete mucus as a protective measure.
The sad news?
Even if you’re avoiding the pollen outside, the quality of air inside your home is likely even harder on your sinuses. All you can do is to consistently clean up, being sure to target the worst air quality offenders like dust, mold, and mildew when you do.
Allergies and Respiratory Infections
Air pollutants can irritate your sinuses on their own, but their effect is certainly exacerbated in individuals who suffer from allergies and who are prone to respiratory infections.
Once you have an allergic reaction or a cold, your sinuses immediately work in tandem with your nasal air and membrane system to produce mucus. People who are prone to sinus infections generally have sinus cavities that “malfunction” in the mucus drainage process. The sinus cavities then become blocked and inflamed, causing that intense pressure behind your eyes, cheeks, forehead, and even teeth.
Sinus trouble isn’t so inevitable after all. Because this part of our anatomy is so connected to our airways, the airway experts at BreatheAmerica are able to pinpoint the underlying cause of your sinus trouble—often using
CT scans—and find the solution for your unique case of sinusitis.
This year, make it a point to bring an end to your sinus pain.