People with chronic sinus infections who are also depressed due to these infections can become less productive at work, even missing work days. People with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) who aren’t depressed don’t miss as much work and are more productive. Based on these findings, researchers hope to create a targeted therapy for these patients.
In a study published in the online Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology senior author Dr. Ahmad Sedaghat, a surgeon at Mass Eye and Ear as well as an assistant professor at Harvard Medical school relates the severity of depression determined how much CRS patients miss work or school.
CRS patients suffer from symptoms that interfere with breathing, sleeping and can also cause ear and face pain, nasal blockages and emotional issues. The study was conducted with 107 patients filling out surveys with questions related to symptoms and missed work. The average suffer missed 12 days of work a year, citing depression as the reason for the missed days as opposed to lack of sleep or nasal congestion. Dr. Sedaghat believes that CRS symptoms maybe driving disease manifestations or consequences. He hopes that this study will open the door to exploring treatments geared towards depressed mood in CRS patients causing loss of productivity.
Sinus trouble got you down? You’re not alone (and might be missing work)! #HealthStatus
- 1You are more likely to miss activities like school if you have sinus trouble when you are depressed.
- 2A study shows a person with such symptoms misses 3 days of every 3 months due to emotional issues.