Sinus Problems

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When sinus problems, including infection and inflammation, last longer than 3 months the term Chronic Sinusitis is used. The term sinusitis alone means general inflammation of the sinuses regardless of the cause. Acute sinusitis usually lasts about 2 weeks on average and can be managed with OTC decongestants, anti-inflammatories or antibiotics, if appropriate.  If it lasts three months or occurs several times a year, different approaches and further interventions are often needed.

Symptoms of Sinusitis include

  • Congestion
  • Facial pressure
  • Nasal discharge
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Decreased smell
  • Pressure over the top row of teeth
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

Those with multiple allergies that cause sinus/nasal congestion, a weakened immune system, frequent upper respiratory illness, an injury or deformity of the nose that makes it difficult to drain mucus properly, or who smoke or inhale secondhand smoke frequently are more prone to chronic sinus problems and complications.

Tests that can aid in identifying chronic sinusitis or other sinus conditions include

  • CT scan of the sinuses or other imaging tests – These tests take detailed images of the bones and soft tissues inside and around the sinuses often highlighting inflammation, abnormal growths, or signs of infection.
  • Nasal Endoscopy – With the use of a thin tube with a camera on the end, our specialists are able to directly visualize the nasal and sinus passageways to identify any blockage or other abnormality.

Chronic sinusitis can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the cause. Treatment often includes intranasal steroid sprays or oral steroids to decrease inflammation and swelling that are causing obstruction, pain and pressure. Antibiotics may also be prescribed if a bacterial infection is the source. Routine sinus rinses, maintaining a clean, smoke-free environment, avoidance of allergies can also help minimize sinus symptoms. For those who have polyps or fail to improve with other therapies, sinus surgery or balloon sinuplasty are considered.

If you find that you suffer from sinus symptoms chronically, call us for an evaluation. One of our experienced and caring specialists will sit down and discuss your concerns, conduct a thorough evaluation and go over any necessary testing and/or treatment plans to help relieve your sinus problems.

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