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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.