The Sinusitis and Asthma Link

Many people who have asthma also suffer from chronic sinusitis.

Sinusitis is an inflammation or swelling of the lining in your sinuses, the air-filled pockets in the bones around your nose. This swelling and postnasal drip may make asthma worse and indicates swelling and inflammation in other parts of the respiratory system. 

Sinusitis has many causes. It can stem from a virus, bacteria, fungus, allergy, or even a reaction to medicine. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends that those with asthma get treatment for sinusitis. It should be considered a part of your asthma-management plan.

Depending on the cause of your sinusitis, medications may include decongestants, antibiotics, nasal corticosteroid sprays, mucus thinners, nasal saline, and oral corticosteroids. If you think you have sinusitis, talk with your health care provider.

For more information, visit the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology website.

You may also visit the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America website.