Howard Herman, M.D., a physician with the Sinus Center of Atlanta, was recently featured in a Henry Daily Herald article that stressed the importance of paying attention to sinus pain for the prevention of sinus infections, especially during cold and flu season. Dr. Herman is an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose and throat doctor) in Atlanta and a leading provider of minimally invasive sinus surgery as well as nasal congestion treatments.
With winter fast approaching, many doctors are advising the public on the best way to both prevent and treat sinus or flu problems that accompany the changing of the seasons. “Medical professionals are encouraging those who suffer from chronic sinus infections to seek help before their infections get worse,” writes Herald correspondent Johnny Jackson.
Dr. Herman notes that “fall, leading into the cold and flu season, is the peak time for people to suffer sinus infections, a condition also known as sinusitis.” Sinusitis is the irritation and swelling of the sinuses and nasal passages. A sinus infection can cause an intense headache or uncomfortable pressure around the eyes, nose, cheeks, and sides of the head.
“Often a sinus infection will follow a cold, and the sinus will become inflamed,” he says. The doctor also noted that some are at a higher risk for sinus infections during cold and flu season. “People who are smokers and people who have allergies are more likely to get chronic sinus disease.”
The symptoms of a sinus infection can range from mildly irritating to severe enough to drastically affect one’s quality of life. “Sinus congestion which does not go away can cause recurring facial pains or headaches, discolored nasal discharges, and a decrease in the senses of smell and taste,” states Dr. Herman. Other symptoms, some of which are similar to flu symptoms, include cough, fever, and nasal congestion with thick nasal secretions.
If you are one of the 37 million Americans who suffer from sinus infections, the physicians of the Sinus Center of Atlanta recommend either medical or minimally invasive surgery treatments, such as Balloon Sinuplasty. Dr. Herman explains, “The Balloon Sinuplasty technique involves using a thin wire to thread a small balloon into the sinus cavity, and then inflate the balloon to open up the blocked passageway.”
Especially with the increased discomfort and risk of sinus infection during the colder months, Dr. Herman and the physicians at Sinus Center of Atlanta advise anyone experiencing sinus pain or flu symptoms to quickly consult a physician.
If you are suffering from sinus congestion, sinus pain, snoring, sleep apnea, or other breathing problems, the cause can be determined during an evaluation by one of the center’s board certified ENT physicians.