Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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What Can I Do About Chronic Sinus Problems?

Friday, 28 Jun 2013 09:54 AM

Question: What causes constant sinus problems? I can hardly breathe through my nose because of the  congestion.
Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
Sinus problems can be caused by infection, allergies, physical obstructions, drug reactions, or even tumors. Their drainage must be maintained, or you will suffer the uncomfortable consequences and possibly complication of meningitis and abscesses.
Nasal inflammation will block your passages, and you would be wise to have your condition evaluated by an ear, nose, and throat specialist. It’s probably a good idea to see your primary care physician first for an evaluation for a possible infection or allergic condition.
If you smoke, stop. And don’t use nasal decongestant sprays for more than five days. Prolonged use of over-the-counter decongestants produce a condition called rhinitis medicamentosa — an inflammatory condition that usually requires steroid therapy to be corrected.

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