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Preventing a Sinus Infection - Ear Nose and Throat

Runny nose, congestion and headaches are the most common symptoms that bring patients to the doctor.“They usually come in with pressure in their face. They have a lot of nasal discharge, congestion, can’t breathe out of their nose well, said Dr. James Newlon, an otolaryngologist on the medical staff of Lee Health.Sinus infections are caused by inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages. The symptoms can be triggered by a variety of things, and can last up to 10 days.“It could be allergies, or it could be a deviated septum, a certain infection, it could be polyps, a lot of people have polyps and things growing in their nose,” said Dr. Newlon.Patients who struggle with allergies or a weak immune system are at a higher risk of having sinus infections. “Here in Florida things are blooming constantly. There really isn’t a season where things stop blooming, so I‘ve found that people have difficulty all year round,” said Dr. Newlon.If patients have reoccurring sinus infections, it may be time to make an appointment with your doctor. “If they’ve been struggling with more than two or three sinus infections in a year, it’s probably worth coming in to see to get some education on maintenance or how to prevent it,” said Dr. Newlon.Nasal hygiene is important in helping prevent a sinus infection. Doctors recommend patients clean their nose regularly with saline irrigations and rinses to prevent infections and reduce inflammation. “Cleaning your nose is similar to brushing your teeth, you can do it a couple of times a day if you want and it will wash all the dirt and mold and grass and all the other stuff that gets in there,” said Dr. Newlon.Doctors may also recommend medications to help patients prevent a sinus infection and reduce the longevity of their symptoms. Helping you breathe and feel better year round.View More Health Matters video segments at Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care.Visit