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of acute sinusitis include:* Nasal congestion Nasal discharge Facial pain and pressure Cough or congestion Loss of smell Fever Bad breath Dental pain Fatigue
How Is Sinusitis Diagnosed?Doctors will typically ask for a full list ofsymptoms when attempting to diagnose theproblem. If the doctor suspects sinusitis, heor she may press the sinuses to feel for ten-derness and might also tap the individual'steeth to determine if the paranasal sinus isinflamed.There are also tests available to determine ifa person is suffering from sinusitis. Thesecan include studying the mucus culture, con-ducting a CT scan of the sinuses, allergytesting, nasal endoscopy, or even bloodwork.
How Is Sinusitis Treated?When a person is diagnosed with sinusitis,their treatment will depend on whether they
were diagnosed with acute or chronic sinusi-tis.For acute sinusitis patients, treatment can beas simple as taking a decongestant or inhal-ing steam. Nonprescription decongestantnasal drops or sprays have also been proveneffective at managing symptoms. However, ifsuch treatments are used beyond their rec-ommended use, congestion may actually in-crease. Nonprescription decongestants usu-ally recommend usage last no longer thanfive days, so if the conditions don't improve,cease taking them and consult your physi-cian. If the doctor prescribes antibiotics, 10to 14 days is the typical treatment schedule.Chronic sinusitis sufferers might be told tofind some warm, moist air. Inhaling steamfrom a pot of boiling water that's been re-moved from the heat might also help allevi-ate symptoms. In addition, a warm compresscan relieve pain in the nose and sinuses,while nonprescription nasal decongestants,when used in adherence with the recom-mended dosage, might also be effective. The best thing to keep in mind when suffer-ing from sinusitis is to be proactive if yoususpect you have it. Delaying treatment willonly extend the often painful and uncomfort-able symptoms.
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OConnor, a board certified gastroenterologist,opened his office Feb. 22. The Digestive HealthCenter opens Monday.
Shantea Connell, registered nurse and manager ofthe new Digestive Health Center, said withOConnors addition, a complete care effort has beenachieved.
He will not just be doing procedures here in ourhospital under theDigestive HealthCenter, but he is alsobringing patients hereto manage their dis-ease processes, givethem IV antibiotics orwhatever medicationthey need to controltheir symptoms,depending on whattheir manifestationsare, Connell said.
(Dr. OConnor) is veryeasy to talk to and loves to teach. Not only will it begood for the community and trying to help our patientsdeal with their disease processes, but he will be goodfor the nurses here at the hospital as far as trainingand learning new things.
Connell, whohas worked atHalifax Regionalsince 1993, saidcolon cancer isprevalent in theValley.
Anybody 50 andolder is encour-aged to have acolon screening.
OConnor saidcoupling his prac-tice with the diges-tive center createsa collaborativeapproach tohealth care.
You want tohave everyoneinvolved and on thesame page, he said.When I say collabo-rative, everybody is actively participating me withthe patient, with their physician, with our staff at theDigestive Health Center. Everybody is workingtogether. Were kind of breaking out of what I term a
silo mentality, where this is my little world and I am notparticipating in the global health care delivery.(Collaborative care) helps, not just expand, deepenthe level of health care delivery to folks in the commu-
Stephen HemeltThe Daily Herald Managing Editor
New level of care for Valley patientsDigestive HealthCenter opensThe launch of Halifax Regional Medical Centers new Digestive Health Center and the location ofDr. Rory V. OConnor on the hospitals campus is providing the Roanoke Valley with a new level ofcolon, liver and gastroenterological care.
Roughly 37 million Americans sufferfrom at least one episode of sinusitiseach year. An inflammation, orswelling of the tissue lining the sinus-es, sinusitis can prove very difficult tolive with. Healthy sinuses are normal-ly filled with air, but when a person issuffering from sinusitis, their sinusesbecome blocked and filled with fluidand germs, potentially leading to in-fection. To avoid succumbing to si-nusitis this year, learn as much aboutthe condition as possible so it can beproperly diagnosed early on and limitits potentially painful effects.
Are There Different Types of Sinusitis?It's easy to overlook sinusitis becausemany people mistakenly assume si-nusitis is purely a chronic condition.However, sinusitis isn't always chron-ic. Acute sinusitis: Acute sinusitis ischaracterized by a sudden onset ofcold-like symptoms that don't goaway after 7 to 10 days. Symptomscan include runny nose, congestionand facial pain that lasts 4 weeks orless.
Subacute sinusitis: Symptoms willlast 4 to 8 weeks. Chronic sinusitis: When sinus in-flammation lasts 8 weeks or more,the condition is considered chronic.
Are Some People More Susceptible to Sinusitis?Certain people are more likely to suf-fer from sinusitis than others. Thosepeople include: People with structural differences,including a deviated septum, that nar-row the drainage ducts. People who suffer from allergicrhinitis, which causes the swelling ofthe lining of the nose. People with nasal polyps, or smallgrowths in the lining of the nose. People whose nasal mucous mem-brane swells as from a common cold.
What Indicates Acute Sinusitis?Because it's common to mistake about of acute sinusitis with the com-mon cold, men and women shouldlearn about acute sinusitis to help de-termine if what they or their childrenare suffering through is sinusitis orjust a common cold. The symptoms
Each and every year, when the temperatures hover aroundor below freezing, scores of men, women and children reachfor the tissue box to overcome what's typically assumed to be the common cold. But that common cold might actually be something much different.
Pictured is the new, left, versus old, right, Digestive Health Center atHalifax Regional Medical Center. Staff at the rennovated Center say theyare very excited to officially open Monday.
DR. RORY V. OCONNOR
Sinusitis Might Be to Blamefor Congestion, Discomfort
Shantea Connell, manager of thenew Digestive Health Center at Halifax Regional Medical Center,points out the gastroenterologicalsystem as she talks about how theCenter can now help patients withmore than just procedures that maybe needed for treatment.
Photos by: Kris Smith | The Daily HeraldPhotos by: Kris Smith | The Daily Herald