How to Prevent Sinus Infections

sinus-infectionSinus infections, also known as sinusitis, is caused by inflammation in the sinus and nasal cavities. Inflammations in the nasal and sinus cavities occur because a virus or bacteria forms creating the sinus infection. Sinus infections affect 37 million Americans every year.

Understanding Chronic Sinusitis
Sinusitis is an inflammation, or swelling, of the tissue lining the sinuses, but when these symptoms persist after 12 weeks or more it is referred to as chronic sinusitis. Your sinuses are normally filled with air, but when they become blocked and filled with fluid, germs can grown and cause an infection. The common cold, allergies, nasal polyps or a deviated septum can lead to acute and chronic sinusitis.

Both acute and chronic sinusitis share similar signs and symptoms, but acute sinusitis is temporary while chronic sinusitis is constant.

For a diagnosis of chronic sinusitis you must display at least two of the following symptoms:
• Drainage of a thick, yellow or greenish discharge
• Nasal obstruction or congestion that causes breathing difficulties through your nose
• Pain, tenderness and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
• Reduced sense of smell and taste

Other signs might include:
• Ear pain
• Upper jaw and teeth ache
• Cough
• Sore throat
• Bad breath
• Fatigue or irritability
• Nausea

Treatment Of Chronic Sinusitis
Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure, opens inflamed sinuses in the same way that heart surgeons open up blocked arteries during balloon angioplasty. The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery, and effective at relieving symptoms of chronic sinusitis. Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure allows patients to return to normal activities quickly. With the Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure removal of bone or tissue from the nose is not included, which significantly differentiates this procedure from conventional sinus surgery.

Contact Us
If you have had several episodes of sinusitis that fail to respond to treatment, we will be able to provide you with further examination, diagnosis and further treatment options to help you breathe easy. Contact Ear, Nose & Throat of Fairfield at 203-259-4700.

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