SYMPTOMS OF DISEASE

Cancer

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Cancer of the sinuses is rare but does occur. Usually the first sign is constant nasal obstruction or bleeding on one side of the nose. Some nasal cancers look like polyps, which is why it is important to be fully evaluated by an otolaryngologist. Cancer of the sinuses can be deadly

Ear Pain and Pressure

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Very often an ear infection is caused by a sinus infection. The ears are connected to the back of the nose by the eustachian tubes that run along the outside walls of the nasopharynx. The eustachian tubes keep the pressure between the ears and the nose equal and maintain the pressure in the ear the same as that in the outside world, which is constantly changing. At birth, the eustachian tubes

Hearing Loss, Tinnitus, and Vertigo

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Hearing loss can be caused by many factors, including - as just noted - an infection or fluid buildup in the middle ear. This infection can also cause tinnitus, a constant ringing in the ear. A cholesteatoma, a benign tumor that develops from a pressure gradient, can form, causing the eardrum to suck in on itself. This destroys the eardrum,

Eye Problems

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Many of us have experienced irritated, itchy, watery eyes during the allergy season. These very noticeable symptoms occur as a primary result of the allergic response. In addition, patients with allergies often have allergic shiners (especially noticeable in children) which are dark circles under the eyes. These shiners can also

SINUS SYMPTOMS THAT AFFECT THE LUNGS: ASTHMA AND BRONCHITIS

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Remember that the nose and lungs are intimately connected, so an infection or inflammation that occurs in the nose can travel to the lungs, causing a host of significant conditions. Infected mucus can enter the lower airways through the trachea and the bronchi, leading to tracheitis and/or bronchitis. These conditions will manifest themselves in a range of symptoms, from a dry, heaving

Fever

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Inflammation that begins in the sinuses can affect your body temperature in two disparate ways. As the body reacts to the inflammation, it often raises your temperature, resulting in low-grade fever for some and high-grade fever for others. Usually, a high fever will alert you to the fact that your body is not functioning properly, and you will take the necessary steps to bring your fever under control. However, some people with chronic sinusitis run low-grade

Sleep Disorders and Sleep Apnea

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If you have a nasal obstruction that is more permanent on one side of the nose (e. g., a septal deviation, a nasal polyp, or scar tissue), you might find that you invariably choose to sleep with this side of the face closest to your pillow. Your nose will naturally become more congested because you are lying down, which is why people often complain that they are more congested at night. This congestion can lead to snoring. While you might

Stress

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Stress can certainly result from dealing with many of the symptoms caused by sinus disease, allergies, and asthma. For example, constant throat clearing is stressful for both sufferers and the people around them. Snoring, sleep apnea, and fatigue will worsen stress. Conversely,

Depression

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Sinus problems can prevent you from sleeping well, which can lead to fatigue. Combined with an overall feeling of sickness, fatigue can actually lead to depression. Many major conditions attributed to depression - including heart disease, weight gain, nervous tics, failure to conceive, and poor sexual performance - may also be linked

Meningitis, Encephalitis, and Brain Abscess

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Meningitis, encephalitis, and brain abscess are rare complications of sinus infection. However, they can be life threatening and need to be treated immediately. Each of these infections is caused by complications of sinus disease and begins with symptoms that include headaches, fever, stiff neck, behavioral changes, and loss of concentration. The carotid artery, which carries the blood supply to the brain, runs along the outside wall of the sphenoid

GERD and Other Digestive Conditions

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The symptoms of GERD include heartburn, indigestion, reflux, and belching. If you experience these symptoms along with any of the sinus
infection symptoms just described, it is important that you see a specialist who understands the link between these disease processes.

When

SINUS SYMPTOMS AND CHILDREN

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I believe that children develop CAID symptoms just the same as adults, but they often go undetected by pediatricians, who are not adequately trained in this condition. Most parents typically ignore a runny stuffy
nose, swollen glands, cough, or hoarse voice until a significant fever is produced. I have met parents who talk about these symptoms as if they were normal or an expected part

The Next Step to Healing

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Now that you recognize and understand your symptoms, you should realize that you are not alone. Many people suffer from CAID, most of whom never seek proper medical treatment. Others will treat some symptoms and not others. But it is only when the entire disease process is treated effectively that you will get the best possible result. Comprehensive medical care can often allow all of your symptoms to disappear as you maintain

This initial hit of inflammation would probably lead you to believe that you had come down with a simple cold.