February, 2017

Feeling Stuffy? Find Out How to Tell If It's a Cold or a Sinus Infection

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

At this time of year, lots of people are dealing with sneezing, stuffy noses, congestion and watery eyes. Because these symptoms are associated with several ailments, it’s not always easy to determine exactly what’s going on. For many people, figuring out whether they’re dealing with a cold or a sinus infection is almost impossible.

What’s causing your discomfort? Here are a few ways to determine whether you’re suffering from a cold or a sinus infection and how to treat each.

Cold or Sinus Infection?

Cold

Let’s start with the common cold. If you’re suffering from a cold, you’ll probably find yourself reaching for a tissue several times a day, but your symptoms should clear up in 10 days or less. Some of the most common symptoms of a cold include:

  • Cough
  • cold or sinus infection

  • Stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Mucus buildup
  • Fatigue
  • Sneezing
  • Swollen sinuses
  • Low-grade fever in adults; may be higher in children

The common cold is caused be a virus, and it cannot be treated with antibiotics. While there isn’t a cure, over-the-counter cold medicine may help alleviate your symptoms. Look for medication that targets your specific symptoms. Cold sufferers should also get plenty of rest and fluids.

Sinus Infection

A sinus infection occurs when the nasal passages become infected. Infections may develop after a cold or as the result of other viruses, bacteria or allergies. A person suffering from a sinus infection may experience:

  • Pressure behind the eyes and cheeks
  • A stuffy, runny nose that lasts longer than a week
  • A headache that gets continually worse
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Gren or yellow mucous drainage from your mouth or down the back of your throat
  • Bad breath
  • Decreased sense of smell

If you’re suffering from a sinus infection, it may take longer to recover than if you’re suffering from a cold. While many acute sinus infections do clear up on their own, you may need to see a doctor for an infection that won’t go away or for recurring infections, which may be caused by acute sinusitis.

Sinus irrigation and over-the-counter decongestants may help alleviate some of your symptoms, but sinus infections that don’t clear up may need to be treated with antibiotics.

If you suffer from frequent sinus infections, contact Sinus & Snoring Centers of Texas. We offer a number of procedures that may help you escape the misery of sinus infections forever. Call 956-504-5360 today to learn more.

 

Why Snoring Gets Worse as We Age

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

As we age, we become much more likely to snore. While 41.5% of the general population snores, 43.75% of middle-aged adults snore. Research also indicates that mean generally only begin snoring in their 20s or 30s, and the problem intensifies significantly once they reach 50 years of age.

Snoring is clearly a nighttime nuisance that gets progressively worse with age, but why? Studies have led researchers to numerous conclusions, and there actually may be more than one answer to why snoring gets worse with age.

Why Snoring Gets Worse with Age

why snoring gets worse as we age
If your significant other mentions that your snoring seems to be getting louder and louder, they’re probably right! Chronic snoring tends to get worse with age for numerous reasons.

First, it’s important to understand why so many of us snore in the first place. For most chronic snorers, structural problems involving the back of the throat and the nasal passages are usually to blame. As we age, those problems tend to become worse, resulting in louder and worsening snoring. There are a few possible explanations for why the underlying problems worsen with time:

  1. Aging muscles lose their tone and their ability to rebuild. For people who store, this means that muscles located in the back of the throat become lax. This allows them to vibrate more and cause louder snoring than before.
  2. Body composition changes as we age. For many men and women, aging results in some amount of weight gain. Obesity is common among older people, and it frequently contributes to chronic snoring.
  3. Medication can make snoring worse. Generally speaking, older people take more medications than younger people. Unfortunately, many prescriptions are well-known for making existing snoring problems worse.

If your snoring is getting worse as you age, it’s important to seek help. Snoring prevents both you and your partner from experiencing the restful sleep your need, and it can contribute to a number of serious health problems. Contact Sinus & Snoring Centers of Texas today to discuss your chronic snoring problem and our effective snoring treatment solutions. For a good night’s sleep, please call 956-504-5360 now.