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Complications of Sinusitis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I've recently had a bad sinus infection - but have been clear of most symptoms for about a 10 days. Beginning 2 days ago, I've been experiencing airway constriction that has led to difficulty sleeping and apnea-like reactions. This came on suddenly and usually only bothers me at night. However, now on day 3 of this, I'm started to get concerned.
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   good afternoon
Doctor :   Very good after noon
Doctor :   have you tried any medication ?
User :   i have not. and i am not aware of any over the counter medication that might help. I'm not an asthma sufferer, so this is the first time i've experienced this
Doctor :   ok, Is the nasal blockade al the day ?
User :   it's not really in my nasal area. It's in my throat. During the day, I can feel that it seems swollen or constricted, but it doesn't cause shortness of breath. However, when I sleep and the muscles in my throat relax, the airway constricts and wakes me up
Doctor :   Ok, i get it
Doctor :   do you have cough ?
User :   very light - almost minimal
Doctor :   The sinuses have connection with a tube called eustechian tube
Doctor :   rarely the infection form the sinuses can travel to the throat and give rise to symptoms you having
User :   ok. is it normal for this to happen after the sinus infection has cleared?
User :   ...and if so, how long should I expect the symptoms to continue
Doctor :   no , its not normal .It could be concidered as a complication of sinusits
User :   what would you recommend as the next step? any over the counter medication?
Doctor :   yes, take Tab benadryl once in the night after food it will reduce the symptoms
Doctor :   and to prevent worsening i suggest you to gargle with a antiseptic solution like CHLORHXIDINE thrice a day after food
User :   ok. thanks for your help
Doctor :   ou are welcome
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