We’ve all experienced nasal congestion, but what happens when the problem doesn’t go away? For people with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), persistent nasal problems are a part of everyday life. What’s worse, research indicates that these symptoms may affect work performance while reducing overall life quality.
A Broad Impact
After surveying over 100 people with CRS, researchers at the Sinus Center at Massachusetts Eye and Ear determined that chronic sinus problems led to lower productivity at work. These symptoms also appeared to impact school and work attendance, while contributing to depression and reduced overall well-being.
Appearing in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the study provides insight into the day-to-day realities that face people with CRS, while highlighting the condition’s potential impact on the nation’s economy.
What Is Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS)?
A relatively common condition, CRS occurs when the cavities around nasal passages become swollen and inflamed for a minimum of three months, despite all therapeutic efforts to reduce symptoms. In addition to other troublesome issues, CRS causes mucus buildup and breathing difficulties. It can also cause facial tenderness and pain, along with other unpleasant symptoms, including:
• Thick discharge from the nose
• Drainage down the throat
• Congestion and reduced sense of smell
• Ear pain, aching in the jaw
• Cough that worsens at night
• Sore throat or bad breath
• Irritability and fatigue
There are a number of issues that can cause CRS, including infections, a deviated nasal septum or nasal polyps. The condition is typically associated with adults; however, it can also occur in children.
If you suffer from CRS, there are several treatment options available, including saline nasal irrigation, corticosteroids, antibiotics, immunotherapy and aspirin desensitization treatment. In some cases, surgery may also be necessary, depending on the cause of the problem.