Did you know that more Americans suffer from sinusitis than diabetes, asthma or coronary heart disease? This fact may be hard to believe, but it’s true.
- With sinusitis, the cavities of your sinuses will become inflamed and swollen which will prevent normal mucus drainage, causing mucus and pressure to build up.
Sinusitis symptoms include:
- Drainage of a thick, greenish or yellow discharge from the nose and down the back of the throat.
- You may experience nasal obstruction or congestion.
- In most cases you’ll experience tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead which can be painful.
A sinusitis case that lasts longer than 12 weeks is known as chronic sinusitis.
Sinus and Allergy Specialists
It’s best for you to seek treatment from an Ear Nose and Throat physician (an otolaryngology specialist) as they are more specialized in treatment options than a general practitioner.
An ENT physician has several methods of screening for chronic sinusitis: visual inspection, nasal endoscopy, CT scan, and/or nasal and sinus cultures.
Balloon Sinuplasty is intended for use by or under the direction of a doctor. You should know however, that there are risks with this treatment.
The risks include including tissue and mucosal trauma, infection or possible optic injury.
If this is something you’re considering speak to your doctor regarding the potential risk and benefit to determine if Balloon Sinuplasty is right for you.
Suffering with chronic sinusitis has a huge impact on one’s quality of life. The symptoms include throbbing facial pain or headaches, difficulty breathing and sleeping, bad breath, irritability, fatigue, nausea and loss or reduced sense of taste.
- When a chronic sinusitis diagnosis is made by an ENT physician, patients are treated with medication, e.g., nasal steroid sprays, antibiotics, or oral steroids to relieve symptoms.
- It’s estimated that up to 60% of chronic sinusitis sufferers are not successfully treated with medication.
- Patients who don’t respond to medications become candidates for conventional sinus surgery.
All of the physicians at Shelby Ear Nose and Throat Associates are specialists in dealing with allergy and sinus issues. Call for an appointment today at (205) 621-8900.