The Sinusitis and Asthma Link
Many people who have asthma also suffer from chronic sinusitis.
Sinusitis is an inflammation or swelling of the lining in your sinuses, the air-filled pockets in the bones around your nose. This swelling and postnasal drip may make asthma worse.
Sinusitis has many causes. It can stem from a virus, bacteria, fungus, allergy, or even a reaction to a medicine. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests that those with asthma get treatment for sinusitis. It should be part of your asthma-management plan.
Depending on the cause of your sinusitis, medications may include decongestants, antibiotics, nasal corticosteroid sprays, mucus thinners, nasal saline, and oral corticosteroids. If you think you have sinusitis, talk with your health care provider.
For more information, visit the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology's website at http://www.aaaai.org/patients/publicedmat/tips/sinusitis.stm.