Posts for: July, 2019
Your facial pain has intensified. It started with a cold, but now, three months later, you really want relief. Dr. Richard Nass is the Manhattan, NY, ENT doctor who diagnoses and treats facial pain related to sinusitis. Count on his expertise to uncover why you're in pain and how to help.
What are sinuses?
The sinuses are a system of air-filled spaces inside your skull. They are lined with mucous-producing membranes to keep the air your breath moist and as free from bacteria and particulate matter (such as dust and pollen) as possible. Your sinuses also influence the sound quality of your voice.
The sinuses are located in three different places in your skull:
- Forehead--the frontal sinuses
- Behind the cheeks--the maxillary sinuses
- Behind the nose--ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses
Any or all of these cavities can be problematic, infecting with bacteria or viruses, growing benign polyps, swelling due to environmental irritants (such as cigarette smoke), and allergens (such as plant pollen, dust and animal dander).
Facial pain due to sinusitis
Your board-certified ENT doctor in Manhattan, NY, sees many cases of facial pain related to sinusitis. An infection of the sinuses, sinusitis may be acute (lasting up to four weeks) or chronic (lasting 12 weeks or even longer). It exhibits typical symptoms of:
- Headache pain, especially across the forehead and under the eyes
- Runny nose
- Thick, green mucus
- Bad breath
- Toothache pain unrelated to dental abscess or decay
Dr. Nass diagnoses facial pain related to sinusitis with hands-on palpation of the face and with a lighted endoscope. Endoscopy is an in-office procedure which introduces a thin, lighted tube up the nostrils. With it, Dr. Nass looks for:
- Nasal fractures
- Obstructions and other structural problems, such as a deviated septum
- Inflammation from allergies
Treating your facial pain
Dr. Nass uses his diagnostic findings to comprise a treatment plan to reduce or eliminate your sinus facial pain and other symptoms. Common interventions include:
- Removal of nasal polyps
- Use of nasal sprays (steroidal to reduce inflammation)
- Increasing humidity in the sleeping areas at night
- Irrigation with a Neti pot (running sterile water through the nose)
- Over the counter anti-histamines
- Allergy testing and treatment
Get the help you need
Unfortunately, about 12.5 percent of American adults suffer with painful sinusitis, either acute or chronic. And, the symptoms often recur. So, please contact Dr. Richard Nass for a consultation. He'll help you manage your facial pain due to sinusitis so you can feel your very best. Phone the office staff at (212) 734-4515.