Sinus infections, also known as sinusitis, are caused by inflammation in the cavities of the sinus and nasum. Inflammations occur in the cavities of the nasal and sinus due to the formation of a virus or bacteria which causes the sinus infection. Per year, 37 million Americans suffer from Sinus infections.
Understanding Chronic Sinusitis
Sinusitis is an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses but it is referred to as chronic sinusitis when these symptoms occur for 12 weeks or more. Usually, your sinuses are filled with air, but when they get blocked and filled with blood, germs may develop 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 have similar signs and symptoms but whereas chronic sinusitis is permanent, acute sinusitis is temporary.
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
• Sore throat
• Bad breath
• Fatigue or irritability
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.
If you have had multiple episodes of sinusitis that do not lead to the prescription, we will be able to provide further review, diagnosis and treatment options to help you breathe easier. Fairfield Contact Ear, Nose & Throat on 203-259-4700.