New Research Finds Possible Link Between Sinus Problems & Depression

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – New research suggests that chronic sinus problems may be linked to depression.

More than 12 percent of adults have been diagnosed with sinusitis. Many report calling out sick from work or school because they can’t breathe, can’t focus and feel miserable.

More than 100 people, with an average age of 52, were entered into a study. They filled out questionnaires about their sinusitis symptoms, including things like sleep, pain and emotional function.

The study’s results show that most people missed an average of three days of work or school, and the days they missed were most strongly linked with symptoms of depression.

Some doctors say they plan to pay more attention to quality of life issues, including depression, when treating patients with chronic sinusitis. One allergist worries some patients don’t voice their concerns.

“I think very few of them make a direct connection between the depression and the sinus symptoms, or why they’re depressed,” says Dr. James DeAngelo of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Associates.

Other doctors believe insurance concerns can contribute to the problem. They believe more economic research is needed to look at chronic, life-threatening conditions.

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One Comment

  1. Vox Veritas says:

    It’s not rocket sinus.

  2. Carl Mayo says:

    well, DUH!
    being unable to breath through your nose causes you to lie awake all night.
    sleep deprivation causes depression.
    did you actually need to spend money to discover that?
    just ask any allergy sufferer

    1. You are correct, Carl. The causal connection goes from sinus issues to depression; not the other way around. (I suggest sufferers contact an ear, nose and throat doctor — deviated septum are common and can be surgically treated — Changed my life!)

    2. Nigel Oswyn says:

      My thoughts exactly!

  3. Joe Johnson says:

    I just wasted 30 seconds of my life on that drivel.

    1. Morey Ladini says:

      That “drivel” also happens to be absolutely true. There, I just helped you waste another 10 seconds of your clueless life.

  4. Jon Raitmon says:

    Doctors, researchers, scientists, politicians, bureaucrats, Libs, Dimocrats, Republicrats — all have the same source of money — taxpayers. Ya kiddin me? 100 people is a research project? With afew billion people around and you oicked 100 people? Friends who got paid for their part?

  5. Almost any chronic illness, disease or condition can be linked to depression.

    1. Nigel Oswyn says:

      Barbara, or the depression is the symptom of a chronic illness. That makes much more sense, unlike this article.

  6. Lynn Wood says:

    Ah, there is nothing better than returning home from an exhausting day of work and collapsing into bed with a pounding headache, drainage constantly going down your throat, your airway constricted, your sinuses all inflamed and pounding, having to mouth breathe.

    And visit after visit to doctors who finally decide you must have a psychiatric problem as the cause. Until decades later emergency treatment for an infected spider bite, antibiotics, antibiotics which also are used as anti fungals, the sinuses clear, normal breathing through the nose returns.

  7. Morey Ladini says:

    According to Wiki, (and really, also common sense), a sinus infection may also place nasty microbes, swelling and inflammation right near the frontal areas of your brain. So it should be no surprise that some sufferers will feel their brain functions affected.

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