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Are you dealing with chronic sinusitis? How can you be sure? Your sinuses can become inflamed causing pain, pressure, and congestion for a number of reasons. Take our sinus quiz today to find out if you could be suffering from chronic sinusitis and what can be done to help treat it.
What Is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis, commonly referred to as a sinus infection, is an inflammation or swelling of the tissues that line the sinuses. Your sinuses are hollow air-filled spaces located behind your cheekbones, between your eyes, and up into your forehead. The job of the sinuses is to create mucus to keep your nose moist to prevent dust, allergens, or pollutants from entering your body through your nasal cavity. When the sinuses get blocked and filled with fluid, germs may grow, resulting in an infection. There are a number of conditions that cause sinusitis by creating an unwanted blockage in the sinuses including:
- A common cold
- Allergic rhinitis – the swelling of the lining of the nose
- Nasal polyps – small growths in the lining of the nose
- A deviated septum – when the thin wall between nasal cavities shifts and becomes unbalanced
Sinusitis is a prevalent affliction of which there are two types acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis. Regardless of whether you are dealing with one of the other you could need to see an ears, nose, and throat doctor near you about your sinusitis to discuss effective treatment options.
Symptoms of Acute Sinusitis
Acute sinusitis occurs when you have two or more of these symptoms and typically lasts for about two to four weeks. If you have thick, green, or yellow nasal discharge, it is most likely acute sinusitis.
The primary signs of acute sinusitis are:
- Facial pain and pressure
- A stuffy nose
- A runny nose
- Loss of smell
- Cough or congestion
- Bad breath
- Dental pain
Acute sinusitis can often be mistaken for a common cold at first although the symptoms will stay localized to the head where a cold can move into the chest and lungs.
Sinusitis Treatment Options
There are a number of treatments for chronic and acute sinusitis. For a simple sinus infection, the doctor may want you to take a decongestant and use saline nasal washes. However, you should make sure that you don’t take over-the-counter decongestants for more than three days. If the sinusitis persists then it is best to speak with an ENT specialist near you.
Swipe back and forth to see an abnormal sinus CT scan before and after sinusitis treatment.
The doctor may want to put you on a series of antibiotics. This will probably last for 10 to 14 days. The symptoms that you have will probably abate with this treatment.
Another effective way to treat chronic sinusitis is by breathing warm, moist air into your nasal passages. You can get this from a vaporizer, or you can inhale the steam from a pot of hot water. Be careful not to burn yourself with the steam.
There are other natural remedies used to treat chronic sinusitis that have been generally accepted to help ease sinus infections, but none have ever been proven by medical researchers to cure chronic sinusitis. Read our blog on the myths of natural remedies to sinusitis to learn more.
At-Home Treatments To Help Ease Chronic Sinusitis:
- Apply warm compresses to ease the pain in your sinuses
- Use saline nose drops
- Take over-the-counter decongestant drops or sprays
Your doctor may also give you steroids along with the antibiotics that they prescribe. All of these should help you find relief from your chronic sinusitis.
Other Treatments For Related Sinus Problems
Sinusitis can be accompanied by other afflictions such as allergies, or fungus. When this is the case a secondary method of treatment could be needed to take care of these issues as well as the sinusitis symptoms.
- If you are suffering from allergies, the doctor may give you an antihistamine.
- If you have a fungus, the doctor may prescribe an antifungal medication.
- For immune deficiencies, the doctor may give you immunoglobulin.
Surgical Treatment For Chronic Sinusitis
In certain cases, your local sinusitis doctor might recommend sinus surgery. This will be the case if the structure of your sinuses is improper, or if nasal polyps are blocking your sinuses. They will need to be removed. There are a number of different types of surgeries that we perform here at Boise ENT in the treatment of chronic sinusitis to bring relief to our patients including:
- Balloon Sinuplasty In-Office
- Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)
- Turbinate Reduction
One of our most effective treatment options for chronic sinusitis is our balloon sinuplasty surgery which is done right in our Boise ENT clinic. This minimally evasive procedure uses a small balloon inserted gently into the sinuses and expanded to help clear any blockages allowing patients to breathe easier once again. Learn more about this incredible procedure on our balloon sinuplasty page.
Contact A Boise Sinusitis Specialist Near You
Sinusitis can be a painful and debilitating condition. However, except in unusual cases, the affliction can be easily treated by an experienced ENT specialist near you. Here at Boise ENT, we have years of experience helping patients get relief from sinusitis troubles with our effective treatment methods. If you are looking for a sinus specialist in or near Boise, ID, contact our office today to set up an initial consultation. (208) 314-4044
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