Sinusitis is the inflammation of the tissue that lines the walls of your sinuses. When this tissue becomes inflamed, it swells up and blocks the passage way leading into the sinus cavity; effectively trapping air and mucus in the cavity as well. This can lead to pressure and pain within the facial area around your nose and eyes, where the sinuses are located. There are two types of sinusitis, acute and chronic. Acute sinusitis lasts around four weeks and is usually easy to diagnose and treat. Chronic Sinusitis can last twelve weeks or more, may cause long term sinus complications and can be quite difficult to treat. Symptoms of both acute and chronic sinusitis are similar but can differ in severity; symptoms include headaches, facial pressure and pain, nasal congestion, and persistent fatigue. If you are experiencing symptoms of this type, it is highly recommended you schedule an appointment with a Broward Sinus Doctor to diagnose and treat your condition.
Causes of Sinusitis
Sinusitis can be caused by many things but the most common triggers are allergies and cold symptoms. In some cases, individuals with weakened immune systems can acquire sinusitis from fungus. While in other cases, defects in the structure of an individual’s nasal passage, such as a deviated septum or the growth of a nasal polyp, could be preventing the sinuses from draining properly. The key to treating sinusitis is finding out what caused it in the first place. If the cause of the sinusitis is uncovered, then the ENT specialist can advise the patient and help prevent further exposure to their specific trigger.
Treatments for Sinusitis
Decongestants can assist in the draining of mucus from the sinuses while relieving a slight amount of pressure in the sinuses. These medications can be bought over the counter, and can be in the form of nasal spray or an oral pill. However, nasal sprays can have the reverse effect if used too often.
They may be prescribed to a patient if their doctor believes the sinusitis was caused by a bacterial infection. Antibiotics are strictly intended to treat bacterial infections only and will not help if the sinusitis was caused by something else.
Many cases of sinusitis are the result of uncontrolled allergies. Allergy medications can help patients who are experiencing allergy related sinusitis.
In some cases, may be prescribed to reduce the swelling of the sinus tissue. The steroids are usually inhaled by the patient, but for extreme cases oral steroids are an option.
A non-invasive, in-office procedure called Balloon Sinuplasty is also an option for chronic sinusitis patients. This unique procedure has been clinically proven to be a safe and effective treatment for adults and children with chronic sinusitis who have painful sinusitis symptoms and are not responding to medications. Balloon Sinuplasty can be performed right in the ENT doctor’s office under local anesthesia and many patients report same day relief of symptoms and pain caused by chronic sinusitis. This procedure requires no cutting or breaking of nasal bone or tissue therefore allowing patients to return to work and resume normal activities quickly.
To find out if you’re a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty call Odalys Alfonso at (954) 389-1414 or fill the short form below.