Sinus Sufferers Spend Billions of Dollars a Year to Stop Sniffling
I wasn’t suffering alone. Almost 30 million Americans are diagnosed with sinusitis each year, which accounts for around 12% of the adult population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. – with 50 million suffering from them – and cost Americans $18 billion a year in co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses for doctor visits and allergy medication, plus over-the-counter drugs. “Most people regard sinusitis as a relatively trivial illness and don’t understand when people suffer as much as they do,” said Wellington Tichenor, an associate professor of medicine at New York Medical College.
Faculty Member: Wellington S. Tichenor, M.D., clinical associate professor of medicine