HEALTH

Sinus Problem Causes Depression, Job Loss

New study says “People who are depressed due to chronic sinus infections are less productive” 

Dr. Ahmad Sedaghat

Sinus surgeon | Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Professor of otolaryngology | Harvard Medical School

“We found that of all symptoms related to CRS — sinus, nasal or otherwise — the severity of depressed mood and depression symptomatology was the predominant factor associated with how often our CRS patients missed work or school due to their CRS,”

What is CRS?

Chronic Rhinosinusitis

“A common illness that interferes with breathing and sleeping. The study authors identified three other issues that lower the quality of life for people with CRS: nasal blockages, ear and facial pain, and emotional function.”

Asked 107 CRS patients: “on average, they missed 3 days of work or school over 3 months, or 12 in 1 year”
Emotional issues — particularly depression symptoms — were the main reason for missed days”

“These findings really point to the fact that specific elements [in this case, symptoms] of CRS may be driving specific disease manifestations or consequences of the disease,” Sedaghat said in a hospital news release.

He said the findings “open the door to exploring interventions directed at depressed mood for reducing productivity losses due to CRS.”

The study was published online March 10 in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

More information
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chronic sinusitis.
SOURCE: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, news release, March 10, 2017

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