Sinusitis: The Importance of Early Diagnosis

A girl sneezing into a tissue because of sinusitis.

The cost of sinusitis and its symptoms are far greater than one thinks.

Sinusitis is a disorder that effects more than 29.4 million people in the United States. Unfortunately, its symptoms are frequently ignored by patients. A slight fever, headache, or congestion might seem inconsequential, however, sinusitis can be troublesome. Without proper treatment, the disorder can have a negative impact on your health and lead to disastrous consequences.

Ignoring Sinusitis

The symptoms of sinusitis should not be ignored. The disorder heavily impacts your quality of life, making it hard to work, exercise, or do any activities. Most patients have to deal with fevers, headaches, fatigue, pus, excess nasal discharge, and congestion, which makes it hard to focus on your daily activities.

Congestion and nasal obstruction can also lead to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA can affect the quality of your rest, causing many patients to have shallow or paused breathing during sleep. Patients with OSA experience difficulties falling asleep and can wake up repeatedly during the night. This leads to a lack of rest, and then daytime sleepiness. Even worse, the condition leaves many at risk for heart disease, depression and diabetes.

The Cost of Sinusitis and Sleep Apnea

Millions of Americans are already suffering from the consequences of sinusitis and OSA. Now it seems the disorders are having an impact on their wallets. In a recent study performed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), their researchers where able to conclude that undiagnosed sleep apnea patients caused an economic burden of $149.6 billion. Here’s the breakdown of the cost of OSA:

  • $86.9 billion in lost productivity.
  • $26.2 billion in motor vehicle accidents.
  • $6.5 billion in workplace accidents.
  • $30 billion in health care and medication costs.

The AASM’s president, Dr. Ronald Chervin, states that “The high-quality, patient-centered care provided by board-certified sleep medicine physicians can significantly reduce the health and economic burdens of sleep apnea.”

If you are suffering from symptoms related to sinusitis or sleep apnea, we suggest you seek out an ENT physician for a proper diagnosis. You can also ask them about balloon sinuplasty, a non-invasive procedure that can help relieve your sinusitis issues.

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