Nasal and Sinus Disorders
An individual can have sinus and nasal complaints as a result of inflammatory, anatomic, and environmental problems. When a person has chronic sinonasal complaints, this often impacts the quality of their sleep and/or ability to tolerate sleep treatment.
Inflammatory conditions that can impact the nose and sinuses include sinusitis (chronic sinus infections) and allergies. Sinusitis occurs when bacteria or viruses invade the nose/sinuses and cause inflammation. Allergies occur when an individual has an exaggerated response to exposure to an offending substance.
Anatomic considerations include deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, or narrow bony structures of the face. These issues often result in limited airflow through the uppermost portions of the airway.
Environmental considerations include exposures to substances such as cigarette smoke, perfumes, chemicals, and sawdust.
The most common symptoms related to chronic nasal and sinus conditions include difficulty breathing through the nose, facial pain/pressure, post-nasal drip, nasal drainage, sneezing, and ear pressure.
Our sleep physicians as well as our physicians in the Sinus Center can assess problems related to the sinuses. To make an appointment, request one online or call us at 617-573-3954.