Suffering from Chronic Sinus Infections? We Can Help
The primary function of the sinuses is to produce a mucus that helps to protect the nose from inhaling dust and dirt, as well as prevent it from drying out. However, these large spaces on the the front and sides of your skull can become inflamed from allergies, presence of a virus or bacteria, or growths inside of them. When these problems persist, your ear, nose, and throat doctor in Manhattan, NY, Dr. Richard Nass, may diagnose you with chronic sinusitis. Dr. Nass goes into more detail about the role of the sinuses and how he can help with their chronic issues in this post.
What is chronic sinusitis?
Chronic sinusitis is defined as ongoing mucus buildup, drainage, and pain associated with inflammation inside the sinuses that surround your nose and eyes. To be considered chronic, at least two of these symptoms must be present for 12 weeks or more and persist even though you and your Manhattan ENT have attempted various treatments. Other symptoms that may accompany chronic sinusitis include a cough, sore throat, or bad breath.
What causes chronic sinusitis?
Your Manhattan ENT doctor finds that many cases of chronic sinusitis are caused by stubborn pathogens left over from bacterial, viral, or fungal infections. Allergies or asthma may also contribute to persistent sinusitis. Structural problems like a deviated septum or nasal polyps (small, round outgrowths of tissue) may be restricting the space inside the sinuses and not allowing them to drain properly. Dr. Richard Nass will work with you to determine the cause of your chronic sinusitis, allowing for effective treatment.
How is chronic sinusitis treated?
The treatment and management of your sinusitis will largely depend on what's causing it. Antibiotics may help to clear up a bacterial infection, while allergy medication or shots can help to control symptoms if your Manhattan ENT determines that allergies are affecting your sinuses. Steroids may also help to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. If these treatments are ineffective, a procedure known as a balloon sinuplasty may be performed in our office to enlarge your sinus passageways.
If you're tired of dealing with sinus problems, you have options. Contact Dr. Richard Nass at our ear, nose, and throat practice in Manhattan, NY, for an evaluation today.