Sinus conditions put a strain on your body, affecting the quality the life you live in many ways. Because some sinus infections are difficult to treat, you may find yourself having to live with the pain they cause for life, although treatments to lessen the symptoms are available. Symptoms may linger on or recur after some time even after treatment. Here are ways sinus conditions affect your overall health and wellbeing.
• Lack of a proper sleep
Sinus infections affect the air passages in the nose, often clogging them up. As a result, breathing becomes difficult, and especially at night. This leads to you not getting enough sleep because it’s often interrupted whenever congestion reaches a level where breathing through the nose is almost impossible. By the time the night is over, you will have spent so much time awake, and your sleep pattern will have been affected to the point of becoming a condition of insomnia.
Or you may find yourself waking up at odd hours of the night, different times of the night, and your sleep pattern becoming disrupted and unpredictable.
• Feeling of general malaise
Sinus conditions cause unexplained fatigue that can cause as chronic as the sinus infection itself. This chronic fatigue affects your day to day life, both at and out of work. Your performance and productivity at the workplace reduce. Your social life may be affected too when you feel too tired to go out with friends. Your once an active self may turn to be an inactive one that fails to summon enough energy to be lively and energetic, preferring a laid back lifestyle.
• Chronic pain
An infection of the sinuses often presents with pain in the area around your nose and eyes. And if the infection is chronic, it means having to put up with recurring bouts of pain, unless remedies for the pain and sinus infection are sought. Pain can be debilitating and can affect the quality of your life greatly. For this reason many people end up opting for surgical solutions for sinus conditions, which provide relief to chronic pain and other issues.
Sinus conditions can also cause toothaches, even when your teeth are healthy. The pain only subsides if the infection in the sinuses is treated.
Research shows that people with sinus conditions are usually depressed. Which is likely given that they have to deal with pain, clogged nostrils, and reduced energy. Depression can take the joy out of your life and can lead to other complications too. This is why you should seek treatment for sinus infections at the earliest sign to avoid your life progressing to depression and needing even more regarding treatment.
• Lowered immunity
Because your body’s defense mechanism works nonstop to fight the sinus infection, it weakens over time, especially if you are not eating healthy food to replenish it. A weakened immune system may give other infections an opportunity to gain entry in into your body and is very dangerous. An untreated sinus infection may, therefore, give rise to a myriad of other problems and cause suffering.
• Social discomfort from bad breath
The nasal drip that occurs in the back of your mouth causes your breath to smell. It can be a turnoff toy our friends who may not understand why your breath smells; they may mistakenly think your oral hygiene is poor. Being conscious of this can make your self-esteem to go down, and greatly affect the way you relate to other people.
• Loss of sense of smell
Prolonged nasal discharge that characterizes sinus conditions can reduce your sensitivity to smells. This is often the case with chronic sinus infections that cause your sensitivity to smells, especially weak smells, to diminish or disappear altogether, especially when your nose is constantly stuffy.
Mostly, sinus conditions are treatable, especially the acute conditions and those that are caused by bacteria or fungal infections. You would have to see your doctor at the onset of symptoms without delay. Often, antibiotics are prescribed as well as decongestants to ease the symptoms.
Home remedies also work well. Like ginger that acts as a decongestant. Drinking plenty of fluids also helps. Avoiding situations or foods that seem to aggravate the sinus infections too.
In case the sinus infection defies medication, a sinus specialist may suggest an endoscopic surgery. This’s often a last option though. With proper treatment, sinus conditions need not affect the quality of your life, at least not in a big way.