Dangerous rhinitis or how not to miss sinusitis
Changeable spring weather turns for many of us a cold. Often we overcool in the morning, dressed not for the weather, and by the evening we feel unwell, a runny nose begins. It’s time to go to bed and drink plenty of warm drinks. But you are suffering from a runny nose (rhinitis) on the legs, considering this to be a frivolous sore. However, serious diseases do not exist: each of them is a blow to our body. And untreated or runny nose or improperly treated rhinitis may be complicated by inflammation in the paranasal sinuses – sinusitis.
Causes of sinusitis
Thanks to the paranasal sinuses (sinuses), a number of mechanisms important for the human body are carried out: viruses and bacteria penetrating with nasal breathing are blocked, the air entering the body gets warm, and the sinuses also help to create a resonating effect during a conversation. Okolonosovye or maxillary sinuses – the largest of the nasal sinuses. In addition to microbes and viruses entering the nose along with the air, bacteria can already be found in the nasal cavity and sinuses, including bacteria.
When a healthy person falls ill with ARVI, it is important to properly treat the infection and spare your body, whose defenses are aimed at fighting the disease. Additional hypothermia will further weaken the immune system, then favorable conditions are created for the reproduction of pathogenic microflora in the sinuses. The risk of passing rhinitis to sinusitis increases. In addition, for some people, the risk of developing antritis is caused by a number of factors:
These are untreated carious teeth.
Nasal injuries or congenital deviations of the nasal septum
Chronic tonsillitis, adenoids and other inflammatory processes in the organs of the nasopharynx
Bad habits, especially smoking.
Acute and chronic sinusitis: symptoms of the disease
The acute course of antritis is accompanied not only by the inability to breathe independently, headaches, but also body temperature from 38 degrees and above. But often the disease on the background of a prolonged runny nose turns into a chronic form without high fever and a person, without measuring the temperature, may not even be aware of its slight increase to 37.2 degrees. And not always with sinusitis, and sinus, including increased body temperature. The “classic” symptoms of sinusitis are a feeling of constriction in the forehead and nose, pain in the temples and headaches in general, which are aggravated by leaning forward; discharge of purulent character from the nose, appeared nasal voices, general weakness and deterioration of health.
How to treat a runny nose and prevent sinusitis
In order to get less sick in general, it is important to have a strong immunity. For the prevention of any ENT disease, one should not only treat a cold in a timely manner, but also take care of oral hygiene, prevent the development of caries, chronic inflammatory processes in the nasopharynx, etc. Try not to overcool, especially if you have already caught a cold. It is important to “rest in bed” at home, fully sleep and drink more warm drinks. If the illness has been prolonged or the state of health has worsened after recovery, headaches, purulent nasal discharge, nasal breathing did not recover, etc., it is important to make a correct diagnosis, and not to be treated by traditional methods.
In case of sinus, even if there is no high body temperature, warming up the nasal sinuses and other warming procedures in the presence of purulent contents in the sinuses can contribute to an even greater spread of infection. Physiotherapy or heating can prescribe an ENT doctor after diagnosis and elimination of the inflammatory focus. The sooner you consult a doctor, the greater the chances for painless treatment of sinusitis at home under the guidance of a doctor.