What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis, afflicting more than 37-million people each year, is inflammation of the sinuses that occurs with an infection from a virus, bacteria, or fungus. The inflammation, which can also come from allergies or exposure to nasal irritants such as cigarette smoke, causes blockages, promoting the growth of germs in the sinuses. Sinusitis is considered acute when symptoms are present for less than four weeks or chronic when inflammation is present for longer than two months. Symptoms typically follow an upper respiratory infection that does not improve. Symptoms include cough, ear pain, tooth pain, bad breath with a loss of smell, fever, headache, nasal congestion or discharge and occasionally sore throat. Most early infections are viral and can be treated with an increase in fluids, warm compresses to the face, taking muculytics, and performing at home nasal saline irrigations. If symptoms persist for longer than 3 weeks, patients should be seen by a physician. Bacterial sinusitis should be treated with antibiotics for 10-14 days. In a situation where there are repeated or persistent infections, Eastern CT Ear, Nose & Throat is here to help.
The Endoscpic Sinus Procedure
The Endoscpic Sinus Procedure is a true breakthrough in non-invasive, endoscopic sinus surgery, often performed in our office after conservative treatment fails. A small flexible balloon catheter (similar to those used to open blocked arteries) is inserted into the nasal passage which will open narrowed or blocked sinus passages. Using this technique, our physicians are able to re-open sinus pathways, restore drainage and deliver immediate relief to sinus sufferers. Most patients are back to work in two to three days.
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