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By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
September 09, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Sinus Problems  

Sinus ProblemsDealing with sinus issues? Here’s what they could be and how to treat them.

From nasal congestion and a stuffy nose to facial pressure and postnasal drip, there are many warning signs that let you know that your sinuses are in trouble. So, what could be causing your angry, flared-up sinuses? Here are some of the top sinus offenders,

  • Allergies (e.g., hay fever)
  • An acute sinus infection
  • Nasal blockages
  • Deviated septum
  • Nasal polyps
  • Respiratory tract infections

Sinusitis, or a sinus infection, is the most common condition that an otolaryngologist sees and treats. In most cases, this infection is acute, meaning symptoms will go away within a couple of weeks. Many sinus infections appear after a cold or respiratory infection. If symptoms last more than 12 weeks and don’t respond to home care, these are signs that you could be dealing with acute sinusitis.

How Do I Know That I Have a Sinus Problem?

  • Sinus problems can leave you dealing with,
  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Sinus pain
  • A stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Throat irritation and hoarseness
  • Postnasal drip

How Are Sinus Problems Treated?

If any of these symptoms last more than ten days, or if your symptoms return, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your ENT doctor to find out what’s happening. If you are dealing with acute sinusitis, you may be able to find the relief you need through over-the-counter medications such as decongestants or antihistamines. Nasal sprays may also reduce inflammation of the passageways to make it easier to breathe.

Chronic sinusitis is treated a bit differently. Instead of over-the-counter medications, your ENT doctor may prescribe a prescription steroid nasal spray, antihistamine and decongestant. If you have nasal polyps, these medications can also provide relief.

What Happens if Sinus Problems Can’t Be Managed With Lifestyle and Medication?

If medications don’t manage your symptoms effectively, you may need to consider a procedure to treat the blockage. Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat chronic sinusitis. During this procedure, a catheter with a deflated balloon is inserted into the nasal cavity. The balloon is then inflated to help open up the inflamed cavity and drain the sinuses so you can breathe better.

Balloon sinuplasty is highly effective and can provide relief for up to two years. Whether you are considering balloon sinuplasty or traditional sinus surgery, an otolaryngologist would be happy to discuss your treatment options.

If you are dealing with persistent or recurring sinus problems, it’s time you turn to an ENT specialist who can help you get the answers and the treatment you’re looking for.

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
September 08, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Sinus Infection  

A sinus infection is an issue that occurs when either a virus or bacterium infects the sinuses. The sinuses then become inflamed -- referred to as sinusitis. While it rarely causes complications, it can linger for quite some time. And for some people, sinusitis is a chronic issue. At Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery, serving Oak Lawn, Orland Park, and Lemont, IL, and the neighboring regions, our practitioners can help.

General Information

A sinus infection occurs when you have mucus that builds up inside of your sinuses. As a result, germs may grow and breed there and cause a sinus infection. Most of the time, a sinus infection is viral and may stem from a cold or flu virus. On the other hand, it can also be bacterial.

You're more likely to suffer from a sinus infection if you have seasonal allergies or are immunocompromised. Keep in mind that certain medications can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to these infections.

Typically, a sinus infection will last between seven to 10 days. For some of our Oak Lawn, Orland Park, and Lemont, IL, patients, the infection lasts much longer or may recur.

Signs of a Sinus Infection

The most common symptom of a sinus infection is a runny or stuffy nose. The mucus from an infection is usually yellowish or green. It's thicker than the standard mucus you produce when you don't have a sinus infection.

You may also experience a headache or facial pain or pressure. Coughing and sore throat are also possible.

Fever is another sign of a sinus infection.

Treatment for a Sinus Infection

The treatment that our practitioner will prescribe depends on the underlying cause of your sinus infection. For instance, if you have a bacterial infection, a doctor from our practice will prescribe an antibiotic. There isn't a cure for a viral infection, but we can provide you with comfort measures.

Patients who are experiencing recurring sinus infections may need to get to the root of the problem. The same applies if you've had a sinus infection that's lasted for three months or longer.

Your treatment may include better management of your allergy symptoms. Sometimes, surgery is necessary, but we make that a last resort. And it's only beneficial for some patients. We limit surgical procedures to those with nasal or sinus polyps and those with an abnormal sinus structure.

You don't have to suffer from a sinus infection when one of our Oak Lawn, Orland Park, and Lemont, IL, doctors can help, whether it's chronic or acute.

Contact us today for an appointment by calling Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery at (708) 460-0007.

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
August 08, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Sinusitis  

Is it a sinus infection, allergies or a cold?

It isn’t always easy to tell a sinus infection apart from other respiratory illnesses. Still, it’s essential to recognize the signs and symptoms, so you know what medical professional to turn to. Especially if you are dealing with persistent or severe sinus problems, you must turn to an ENT doctor, who specializes in treating acute and chronic infections and issues that impact the nose and sinuses. Want to learn more about sinusitis? You’ve come to the right place.

What Is Sinusitis?

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, sinus infections affect over 31 million Americans. Sinusitis causes swelling of the nasal passages, which can lead to difficulty breathing through the nose or even a complete nasal blockage (in more severe cases). Some people mistake their sinus infection for the common cold since many symptoms are the same.

What Are the Common Symptoms of a Sinus Infection?

Wondering if you could be dealing with sinusitis? Some of the warning signs include,

  • Nasal congestion
  • Green nasal discharge
  • Postnasal drip
  • Facial pain or fullness
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Referred pain in the upper teeth

What Causes Sinusitis?

In many cases, a bacterial infection is typically to blame. Of course, viruses and fungi can also cause sinus infections, particularly in those with compromised immune systems.

How Is Sinusitis Diagnosed?

Since distinguishing your symptoms from other conditions can be challenging, it’s always best to see one of our ENT doctors for a proper diagnosis. Treating your disease sooner can prevent health complications or symptoms from worsening.

How Is It Treated?

The cause of your sinusitis and whether you have an acute or chronic form will determine the type of treatment we recommend. In most cases, using an over-the-counter antihistamine or decongestant spray can reduce swelling within the sinuses to help improve drainage. Of course, these medications should only be used for a few days. If you aren’t finding relief after a few days, it’s time to talk to us.

For those with bacterial sinusitis, antibiotics are usually the best course of treatment. In some situations, a nasal steroid spray may be used to reduce swelling and inflammation of the tissue within the nasal passages.

If you are dealing with a sinus infection that isn’t going away or improving with rest and home care, you owe it to yourself to turn to an ENT doctor for treatment.

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
July 13, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Sinus Infection  

Sinus infections are associated with a diverse range of uncomfortable symptoms, including nasal congestion and sinus pressure. When dealing with a sinus infection, the symptoms can make it difficult to get through the day but there are treatments that can help. The experienced and caring ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors at Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery in Orland Park and Lemont, IL, treat sinus infections and can help you experience relief from sinus symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms of Sinus Infections

Sinus infections are often caused by a virus, but can also be due to a bacterial infection. When the sinuses become infected, the lining of the sinus pathways becomes swollen and inflamed. The inflammation blocks the sinuses so they cannot easily drain, which leads to a build up of mucus.

Blocked sinus pathways that cannot properly drain can cause various symptoms to develop. Some signs you have a sinus infection include:

  • Sinus pressure
  • Nasal congestion
  • Pain or pressure around the cheeks, nose and eyes
  • Pain or pressure around the forehead or back of head
  • Throat irritation, hoarseness or cough
  • Runny nose or postnasal drip
  • Diminished sense of smell
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

Treatments for Sinus Infections

It is possible for a sinus infection to resolve itself without prescription medication, but it is best to see an ENT doctor in case antibiotics are needed. There are several methods that can be used at home to provide relief from symptoms. A warm compress can be placed over the nose and forehead to alleviate sinus pressure. Methods for clearing up congestion and a stuffy nose include using a nasal spray, decongestant, or breathing in the steam from a hot shower. Over-the-counter medications for pain relief can also be helpful.

The skilled ENT providers at our practices in Orland Park and Lemont, IL, treat sinus infections using several different methods and can develop an individualized plan tailored to your symptoms and needs. Treatments include:

  • Antibiotic medication
  • Decongestant medication
  • Oral antihistamine medication
  • Nasal corticosteroid spray
  • Nasal saline rinse
  • Balloon sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty is a minor outpatient procedure that provides long lasting relief from chronic sinus problems. The procedure is performed by gently inserting a balloon catheter through the nostrils and into the blocked sinus passages. Inflating the balloon side the sinus cavities helps open them up. A saline solution is used to flush out any mucus build up. Then the balloon is deflated and removed. Afterward, the sinuses remain open as they are able to drain properly again.

If you have signs of a sinus infection, we can help. Our ENT doctors can develop an effective treatment plan just for you. For the treatment of a sinus infection in Orland Park and Lemont, IL, schedule an appointment with one of our skilled providers by calling Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery at (708) 460-0007.

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
July 08, 2022
Category: Uncategorized
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