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Sinus Pressure, Fatigue & Halitosis? It's Sinusitis!

  • Category: Primary Care, Men's Health
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  • Written By: Dr. Jeffery Franklin, The Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center
Sinus Pressure, Fatigue & Halitosis? It's Sinusitis!

Living in Baton Rouge definitely has its perks, even in winter! Now is the time that the weather’s ideal for outdoor activities, such as running, playing golf, or attending any of the numerous festivals South Louisiana has to offer; but it’s also a key time of year when people suffer needlessly from sinusitis. This inflammation of your sinuses has familiar symptoms that are deemed simply “annoying,” such as a headache, sore throat, fatigue, an unpleasant taste in your mouth, a dripping sensation down your throat, or even bad breath, and are left to fester. Sinusitis can be caused by a viral infection, such as a common cold, or allergies; however, left untreated, sinusitis can turn into a bacterial sinus infection, which can be harder to treat. So how can you tell the difference?

If you have a fever and upper respiratory symptoms that last no more than two weeks, chances are it’s a viral infection. If no fever is present and your symptoms seem to linger, it may be time to see a board-certified allergist. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean allergens aren’t lurking about. Mold and mildew, dust mites, pet dander and other triggers are perennial causes of allergic symptoms. In South Louisiana, the spring allergy season well precedes the official start of spring, as we start to see the emergence of tree pollens as early as late January/early February. By visiting an allergist, you may be able to pinpoint the exact cause of your sinusitis. Treatment can vary from regular use of a nasal rinse and medicated nasal sprays to a potential cure through immunotherapy. Depending on your specific allergies and your preferred treatment plan, you can find lasting relief!

For more allergic and sinusitis help, Dr. Jeffery Franklin can be reached at The Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center, with locations in Baton Rouge, Prairieville and Denham Springs. Call 225-923-3283 or visit