How sinusitis & allergic rhinitis can impact workplace productivity

What is sinusitis and allergic rhinitis?

Sinusitis and allergic rhinitis are among the most common conditions affecting adults of various age groups. Patients with allergic rhinitis suffer from repetitive sneezing, nasal itching and congestion whereas patients with sinusitis suffer from pressure behind eyes & cheeks; runny, stuffy nose; thick mucus and in severe cases fever, cough and congestion. Chronic episodes of sinusitis can lead to severe loss in quality of life, reduction in workplace productivity and absenteeism.

What is the extent of sinusitis and allergic rhinitis impact on public?

Rhinitis and sinusitis are estimated to affect up to 25% of the population annually. Estimates put around 134 millions Indians suffer from chronic sinusitis whose symptoms include debilitating headaches, fever and nasal congestion and obstruction. Hence there is no doubt that the extent of sinusitis and allergic rhinitis cannot be underestimated and their impact should be minimized through timely and preventive medical intervention. Seasonal allergic rhinitis is also a common issue impacting 10-20% of the general population. Severe cases of allergic rhinitis can contribute to sinusitis and in some cases to asthma.

How can sinusitis and allergic rhinitis be managed?

Management of allergic rhinitis mainly involves avoidance of allergens. There are plenty of pharmacologic options available, and in appropriate cases allergen immunotherapy can also be recommended. Certain types of non-allergic rhinitis can be treated with necessary preventive measures and through medication. The most common form of Rhinosinusitis is caused by a viral illness that results in acute upper respiratory illness which lasts for less than approximately 7 days, whereas acute bacterial sinusitis can last more likely beyond 7 days and up to 2 weeks. In case of acute bacterial sinusitis, antibiotics are the mainstay treatment. Treatment of chronic sinusitis is less straightforward and our Sinus Specialist can do a more rigorous diagnosis before recommending the treatment plan. In certain cases surgical intervention may be required for sinusitis if the cause of sinusitis is nasal polyps or deviated septum. In such cases the economic impact could be even higher.

What are the direct and indirect costs of these conditions?

Both rhinitis and sinusitis can significantly decrease quality of life, aggravate comorbid
conditions, and require significant direct medical expenditures. Both conditions also create even greater indirect costs to society by causing lost work and school days and reduced workplace productivity and school learning.

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How can Dr Rao’s ENT help you and your organization with sinusitis and allergic rhinitis?

Sinusitis and allergic rhinitis are not deadly like diabetes or coronary problems but a prolonged and repetitive episodes can cause extreme pain & discomfort. If there are other health problems like asthma, things will go further downhill for your overall health. As elaborated above they impact your lifestyle, work and can lead to severe health complications in the future!

Dr Rao’s ENT can help your organization and employees with timely screening and early intervention to prevent the condition from becoming chronic or recurrent thereby minimising the losses at a personal and an organization level. Our Sinus Specialists can help with designing custom packages for your organization’s specific needs and employee profiles.