Recurring Sinus Infections
Recurring Sinus Infections
Having to deal with facial pain and pressure, nasal congestion and problems breathing can seem like the norm for chronic sinusitis sufferers. However, this shouldn’t be something you have to put up with. If you are finding that your recurring sinus infection isn’t getting better with at-home care and you are tired of putting up with these symptoms day in and day out, then it’s time you sought professional medical attention.
Sinusitis simply means that the nasal passages are inflamed. Sometimes this condition can be so severe that it can actually block the passageways and prevent drainage, which can lead to some pretty unpleasant symptoms. Chronic and recurrent sinus infections can be caused by a deviated septum, certain medical conditions that affect the immune system, nasal polyps, allergies and respiratory tract infections.
It’s a good time to visit our ENT staff if you have been experiencing symptoms of a sinus infection for more than a week, if symptoms haven’t improved despite at-home treatments or if you have had sinusitis multiple times throughout the year. Developing a high fever, severe headache or redness around the eyes while suffering from a sinus infection will require immediate medical attention.
Despite all the pain and suffering caused by your stubborn sinus infections, we are happy to say that there are many ways to eliminate your symptoms. If you’ve found that over-the-counter nasal sprays and solutions haven’t helped then we can prescribe a stronger oral steroid to help reduce inflammation to help drain the sinuses. If a bacterial infection is causing your symptoms then a round of antibiotics will be administered to treat the infection. If allergies are to blame then it might be a good time to weigh the pros and cons of allergy shots, which can also greatly improve your condition.
Sometimes patients with chronic forms of sinusitis will require surgery. Fortunately, technology has become more advanced in the way that it treats severe or chronic sinus infections. Instead of traditional surgery, which is much more invasive and can lead to complications and a longer recovery time, there is balloon sinuplasty.
Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a thin flexible tube with a balloon on the end of it. Once the tube is carefully inserted into the inflamed nasal cavity the balloon is inflated to open up the walls and remove the blockage. This will finally allow mucus and pus to drain from your sinuses. Once the balloon is removed the walls will remain open. With this procedure, there is absolutely no cutting or bone removal so the recovery process is no more than one to two days. There is also less post-operative bleeding or swelling as compared to traditional surgery.