DO I HAVE A SINUS INFECTION?
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis occurs when the mucous membranes lining your sinus cavities and sinus passages become inflamed and swollen, blocking the normal airflow and drainage. Allergies and their symptoms may also complicate sinusitis. As mucus builds up and stagnates in the sinus cavities, an ideal breeding ground is created for bacteria and viruses which then can lead to a sinus infection. The misery continues.
Diagnosing Sinus Problems - Common signs and symptoms of sinusitis include:
- sinus headache
- facial tenderness or swelling
- pressure or pain in the sinuses
- pressure or pain in the ears and teeth
- feeling of nasal stuffiness
- post nasal drip
- cloudy or discolored nasal discharge
- sore throat
- occasionally, fever
how can i get rid of A SINUS INFECTION?
Sinus Infection Treatment Options
The treatment that will work best for you depends on your body, the type of sinusitis (or sinus infection) you’re dealing with. Capitol Breathe Free will take all of this into consideration when helping you find the best treatment option for your sinus infection.
There are many options to treat a sinus infection. Schedule an appointment with our office today to help determine the cause of your sinus infection, and which treatment options are worth pursuing.
Treatments that may be an option for a sinus infection (or sinusitis) include:
Although a short-term solution, antibiotics can help you overcome a single sinus infection. They attack the bacteria that lead to your infection, but do not address the root cause of your sinusitis. Medications sometimes come with additional risks.
Another short-term treatment option is a nasal spray. Nasal sprays use medication to reduce the swelling in your sinuses. This may bring drainage back to your sinuses temporarily, which can provide you with relief from symptoms and resolve a single sinus infection. If nasal sprays are overused, you could become reliant on them and the medications applied to your sinuses.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Endoscopic sinus surgery is a popular treatment for chronic or recurrent sinusitis that is caused by a permanent problem with your nose. Something to consider, endoscopic sinus surgery is an invasive procedure that can take weeks or months to fully heal from. It is a permanent procedure that includes removing bone and tissue in your nose to prevent further blockages that lead to sinus infections.
Balloon Sinuplasty (Balloon Sinus Dilation)
Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure that us performed in our office in under an hour. A small balloon is placed in the blocked sinus pathway, inflated, and then is removed. This procedure opens the sinus pathways and allows proper drainage which will prevent bacteria from building up and causing sinusitis. Learn more about Balloon Sinuplasty