What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is the inflammation of the tissue lining your sinuses. It’s one of the most common health problems in the country affecting 37 million Americans each year. Direct healthcare costs due to sinusitis are well over $8 billion a year.

Certain conditions such as having a cold, an allergic swelling of the nose (called rhinitis), nasal polyps within the nasal cavity or a deviated septum can lead to sinusitis. Once these conditions appear and block the normally open sinuses, the stage is set for germs and viruses to to rapidly grow.

A patient may have acute or chronic sinusitis. Acute sinusitis is a short-term infection, which rapidly appears. It may last around 4 weeks. Most patents get acute sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis on the other hand will last several weeks and can even linger for years.

Chronic as well as acute sinusitis usually have at least 2 of the following symptoms:

  • Drainage of thick, either yellow or even greenish discharge from your nose and down through your throat.
  • Nasal congestion causing difficulty breathing.
  • Pain or tenderness along with swelling around your nose, forehead, eyes and cheeks.
  • Reduced sense of smell or taste.

 

Other symptoms of sinusitis may also include:

  • Bad breath
  • Teeth pain
  • Sore throat
  • Headace

 

If you have any the following symptoms please contact your doctor immediately.

  • Significant pain or swelling around your nose and eyes
  • Forehead swelling
  • Severe headache
  • A confused feeling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Double vision

 

Cross Timbers ENT sinusitis treatment may include:

  • Antibiotics may be prescribed if your Cross Timbers doctor determines a bacterial infection is the root cause of your sinusitis. Most sinusitis however are viral, not bacterial.
  • Over the counter medicines such as decongestants may be used to help reduce mucus and pressure in your nose.
  • Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help reduce any pain, which accompanies sinusitis.
  • Your doctor may decide to test you for allergies when you come in for your appointment. Many cases of sinusitis are caused by allergies. If in fact your doctor discovers you do have allergies, an allergy medication may be used to help control them and lessen your chances of future sinusitis infections.
  • There are some cases where your physician may use inhaled steroids, which will bring down the swelling in the nasal membranes.
  • There are also surgical options Cross Timbers ENT may use.
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (ESS) to clear blocked sinuses restoring normal sinus drainage and to preserve normal anatomy and mucosal tissue. Specialized instruments are placed into the nose along with a small endoscope to help the surgeon see inside the nose and nasal cavities.
  • Traditional instrumentation used to remove bone and tissue, which will enlarge the sinus opening. The removal of bone and tissue may lead to post-operative pain, scarring, and bleeding. Uncomfortable nasal packing may be required to control the bleeding.
  • Cross Timbers physicians also decided to use Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology: Novel, Endoscopic, Catheter-Based Devices. Sinus surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology utilizes a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter that is placed into the nose to reach the sinuses. The sinus balloon catheter is gradually inflated to gently restructure the previously blocked nasal passage, maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining and restoring normal sinus drainage and function. There is minimal bleeding, and many patients have been able to return to normal activities within 24 hours. Clinical research has indicated that the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system is a safe and effective tool in dilating blocked sinuses.

 

Cross Timbers ENT can help you find the relief you need from both acute or chronic sinusitis. Our doctors will diagnose your symptoms and get you the proper medication needed. Contact us now to set up your appointment!