Friday, November 30, 2012

Natural events: a cause of severe sinus infection symptoms

Natural events: a cause of severe sinus infection symptoms

Numerous factors may trigger symptoms of sinus infection. Even some of the natural events like dust storms, hurricanes, wildfires “storm” your sinuses and aggravate the condition and cause severe sinus infection symptoms. For instance, recently Sandy hurricane and a wildfire in Wetmore in the United States of America worsened symptoms of the infection. It is sad that natural catastrophes are devastating but every time they remind us about invincibility of the Nature. The same message captured in one of the cartoons on a local television program. The cartoon read there is no “super power” that can compete with and outsmart the Mother Nature.

Storms and sinusitis
Storms commonly reduce barometric pressure.  The low pressure swells the nasal passages, causing sinus headaches. The low pressure also affects blood supply to the sinuses and nasal passages.  The swollen sinus membrane blocks the blood supply to the nasal passage. Thus, the blood goes to the mucus and the number of white blood cells falls, making you more prone to sinus infection. Alternatively, it exacerbates the existing infections. 
Sandy hurricane, dubbed as “super storm”, caused havoc on the US’s eastern coast in October 2012.  Medical practitioners observed that the hurricane also exacerbated the sinus infection symptoms due to sudden fall in barometric pressure.  Sudden fall in the pressure creates imbalance between the pressure within the paranasal sinuses and the atmosphere. To regain the pressure equilibrium, the sinuses expand. The air traps into the swelling of the sinus membrane, blocking the passages. The pressure increases within the sinuses, triggering pain and headaches.
Dust storms also pose various health risks, including allergic reactions. In some areas, dust storms are common. The local governments give warnings and advice public how to avoid related health risks. Follow the guidelines.
High winds and wildfires
Natural and man-made forest fires or wildfires are a source of deadly smoke. The smoke causes breathing difficulties and affects the sinuses. Some people like children, older people and patients are more susceptible to the smoke than others. It irritates the sinuses and causes headaches.  Forest fires and wildfires also pollute air quality. The breathing in poor quality air causes severe sinus infection symptoms, especially in the patients already suffering from the infection.
For example, a wildfire damaged parts of Wetmore in October 2012. In Wetmore, high winds brought power lines closer and thereby sparking began. The sparking caused the fire. Physicians suggested that people, especially sinusitis patients, should stay indoors to avoid the smoke and protect the sinuses.
We cannot stop catastrophes but we can avoid and minimize consequent health risks with timely treatment and precautions. Therefore, if sinus infection strikes you during such events, do visit the doctor for an apt advice.

1 comment:

  1. Wild fires are really not good for sinuses, all of that exposure to smoke just cannot be good for sinuses in the same way that sudden changes of weather impact the sinuses.