November - December 2021 Holiday Issue of ViewOn Magazine

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Seasonal Sniffles...

or something more? by Nate Henry, FNP

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s COVID-19 cases increase again, so do concerns about common sinus infections, an uncomfortable set of symptoms that often mirrors COVID. Research shows persistent sinus issues affect nearly 30 million Americans each year and can last as long as three months, but symptoms are highly treatable, even for ongoing cases. PERSISTENT SINUS ISSUES? WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SINUS INFECTIONS Are you having trouble determining if your sinus symptoms are allergies or something more serious? It’s easy to confuse persistent nasal problems with other conditions like the coronavirus, cold, or flu. However, if you’ve been experiencing persistent sinus issues without relief, you may be living with sinusitis. WHAT IS SINUSITIS? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sinusitis, better known as a sinus infection, is a common condition affecting nearly 30 million Americans each year. It occurs when the nasal passages become inflamed and begin to swell. The swelling blocks air and leads to the passages filling up with fluid, causing infection.

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