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Have sinus problem. Eye getting dry and mucus development in nasal congestion. Any permanent solution?

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I have Sinus problem and when it's raised my eyes going to dryness mainly on the position when i feel mucus developing in my nasal congestion .to clear mucus it's takes 2 to 3 weeks.In this time i am suffering with ear itching
eye itching and eye dryness and little bit of stress on my eye . Right now i am using "Flogel" by recommended by my Ophthalmologist.and I had sinus operation too on last feb-2011. after Clearing mucus completely i am free for just 1 to 2 weeks then again problem repeats .Please suggests me under which department my disease comes . what are the precaution i have to take care for my eye's and ear's and sinus too.
and i need permanent salvation from this disease
Posted Sun, 7 Oct 2012 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar 36 minutes later

Thanks for the query

The symptoms you have described are the features of Allergic rhinosinusitis.

Allergic rhinitis is a common condition characterized by an immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated inflammation of the nasal mucosa following exposure to allergens. It is characterized by sneezing, nasal discharge, nasal congestion, itching in the ears and the nose.

During allergic rhinitis there is inflammation of the nasal mucosa causing blockage of the sinus openings leading to accumulation of the nasal secretions in the sinus. Also, there is trickling of the nasal secretions behind the throat causing throat discomfort and cough.

The common triggerers of allergy are the pollen, dust, fumes, coils smoke, etc. The bitter truth is, there is no cure for allergy, and only the preventive measures when followed can get rid of allergy.

Preventive measures such as avoiding the triggering allergens such as dust, smoke, strong perfumes and changing the pillow cover every night before going to bed can reduce the further attacks. Also, avoid sleeping directly under the fan or in front of the air conditioner.

In the present situation, there could be osteomeatal complex (OMC) block on both the sides. Which means the opening of the maxillary, anterior ethmoidal and frontal sinuses are all blocked that can trap the secretions, raise the pressure in the sinuses leading to headache, itching in the ears and eyes.

This OMC has to be opened up in order to ensure free drainage of the sinus secretions. I do feel the surgery done to you was not adequate or complete, hence the recurrence of sinus problems.

My advice to you is:
1. To use steroid (such as momentasone/ fluticasone) nasal spray once a day, this reduces nasal allergy and itching in the eyes.
2. To use saline nasal spray followed by steam inhalation 3-4 times a day, this will help in opening of the sinuses and easy clearance of the sinus secretions.
3. To use a mucolytic such as Bromhexine and Ambroxol, this helps in thinning of the tenacious secretions.
4. Try taking an antibiotic either with a combination of Amoxycillin and Clavulanic acid or Cefuroxime, the former and the latter are the drugs of choice for this condition.
5. An antihistaminic such as fexofenadine /cetrizine/loratidine taken will reduce the allergic problems.
6. Drink plenty of warm water and to avoid chilled food or beverages and coffee.
7. Consult a good ENT specialist for a thorough examination and management. Do not worry! The eye problem is related to the sinusitis; hence you need to consult the former doctor.

Hope I have answered your query; I will be available for the follow-up queries.

Dr. Naveen Kumar N.
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon
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