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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.
Approximately 29 million adult Americans have been diagnosed with sinusitis (an inflammation of the sinuses) according to the CDC. In many cases, that inflammation is caused by an infection. There are relatively minor cases which may cause some cold symptoms, and other cases that can make it almost impossible to breathe, talk, or even see clearly. When you have recurring sinus infections, meaning they clear up and then come back frequently throughout the year, you should see Dr. Richard Nass at his East Hampton or Manhattan, NY office to find out the cause.
What Are Sinus Infections?
The sinuses are a series of cavities that are located next to your nose, between your eyes, and above your brow. They are connected by a network of passageways. When bacteria and germs irritate these passageways and cavities, it causes a sinus infection. The symptoms are headaches, pressure around the eyes, congestion, and overproduction of mucus.
What Causes Sinus Infections
When sinus problems happen time and time again throughout the year, they're called recurrent or recurring sinus infections. It's important to narrow down the possible causes with the help of your East Hampton or Manhattan, NY doctor. Here are a few possible reasons why you're having a recurring sinus problem:
- Exposure to another person who has a cold virus.
- Nasal congestion that isn't cleared promptly.
- Allergies (common in certain seasons).
- Exposure to too much dry air.
- An immunodeficiency disorder or related condition.
- Stress and lack of sleep.
- Smoking or secondhand smoke.
Treating and Stopping Recurring Infections
Your doctor will treat sinus infections by clearing the nasal passages and administering antibiotic therapies. Once you're consulted about the possible causes, you and your doctor can discuss ways of avoiding future infections. Actions to consider include using a neti pot to clear congestion regularly, taking allergy medication, buying a humidifier for your home, and joining a smoking cessation program. Oal steroids or antibiotics may also be prescribed depending on the cause of your infection. For severe infections, surgery may be needed. Fortunately, minimally invasive procedures such as balloon sinuplasty are available to treat your recurring infections.
Get Help at the Doctor's Office
Some cases of sinusitis go away on their own and don't keep coming back. But when you experience recurring sinus infections, you should see a doctor for help. Call (212) 734-4515 or (631) 324-4900 today to make an appointment with Dr. Richard Nass at his East Hampton or Manhattan, NY office.
For people who have chronic, or recurrent, sinus infections, relief may seem impossible. If medication and other therapies haven't worked for you, your Manhattan ENT, Dr. Richard Nass, may suggest a balloon sinuplasty. This minimally-invasive treatment is an excellent alternative to surgical treatment of blocked sinuses. You can learn more about this revolutionary procedure here.
What is a balloon sinuplasty?
Approved by the FDA in 2005, a balloon sinuplasty from your Manhattan otolaryngologist is performed under local anesthesia, which means only the area being treated will be numbed; there is no need to be asleep during this procedure. A catheter is inserted through the nose into the affected nostril, at which point a balloon-like dilator is guided along the catheter until it reaches the sinus passage. The balloon is then inflated, clearing the sinus area. Most patients experience very little post-operative pain and can return to normal activities much sooner than if they had opted for traditional sinus surgery.
Is balloon sinuplasty effective?
In a word: yes. The treatment has been extensively studied and the results published several times in the American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy. Across the board, balloon sinuplasty has been found to be safe, consistent and just as effective as traditional sinus surgery without the downtime or risk of complications. Upon follow-up a year later, the patients who were in the study were found to have a similar decline in sinus-related symptoms and the need for sinus medications to those who had gone through sinus surgery.
Whether you're dealing with allergies, asthma, or a deviated septum, Your Manhattan ENT physician, Dr. Richard Nass, has the training and experience you need to find relief from your sinus problems. To learn more about balloon sinuplasty, contact the office closest to you - either Manhattan, New York - to schedule a consultation.