This Season's Forecast: The Perfect Sinus Storm

Many experience sinus conditions this time of year. From chronic throat clearing to chronic cough to post-nasal drip, sinus expert, Brian Rotskoff, MD, has relief for your symptoms.

| Source: Clarity Allergy Center

Chicago, IL, Dec. 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With winter settling upon us, the weather forecast becomes a bit of an obsession for all of us. While snow, sleet, and freezing rain may be the type forecast you think of, Chicago allergist, Dr. Brian Rotskoff, of the Clarity Allergy Center is forecasting nasal conditions for the upcoming season. With chronic throat clearing, chronic cough, chronic sinusitisand post-nasal drip on the map, this time of year brings the perfect sinus storm.

Nobody is happy when they are under the weather, especially when sinus symptoms have the power to derail holiday plans. Despite making a handy excuse for missing the company Christmas party, chronic sinusitis, coughing, and post-nasal drip aren't fun. Over-the-counter medications offer little relief from the "perfect sinus storm," not to mention their interference with your annual cup of eggnog. Dr. Rotskoff encourages sinus sufferers to be pro-active about their holiday health.

Chronic throat clearing, post-nasal drip, chronic cough - what's the difference?

"Right off the bat, most patients aren't focused on what's causing their symptoms," explains Dr. Rotskoff. "They're looking for a quick-fix antibiotic for relief. While other physicians may offer just this, it's really a disservice to patients. There is a cause, often multiple, and with the right exploration the causes can be isolated and treated."

While "I have the flu" may be what you tell your boss as you call out for a sick day, it is very important to know if it is actually the flu that is causing you to feel the way that you do. Chronic cough can be caused by post-nasal drip and chronic throat clearing can be caused by Laryngeal Sensory Neuropathy (LSN). This is the cyclical nature of the perfect nasal storm. An incorrect diagnosis and neglecting the cause of your symptoms, will create worsened conditions and exacerbated symptoms.

When chronic sinusitis is the culprit

"This time of year we tend to hibernate the best we can," says Dr. Rotskoff. "We seal up our homes and crank up the furnaces to keep warm, but as a result we're blowing dust and other allergens right in...and keeping them locked inside."

For chronic sinusitis sufferers, wintertime can be miserable. The symptoms of chronic sinusitis are exacerbated by dry air and irritants that blow in through heating units. Symptoms are in full force and patients find themselves asking, "Why?"

Before you get to this point, talk to sinus and allergy expert, Dr. Rotskoff. He can determine the cause of your symptoms and treat them from the root. Addressing sinus problems where they start promises a solution for the future.

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