Did you know an estimated 14% of the world's population suffers from sinusitis? If you suffer from sinus pain and pressure, the physicians at Eastern Connecticut Sinus Center can provide you with relief that lasts!
What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis, commonly referred to as a Sinus Infection, affects more than 37-million people each year. It is an inflammation or swelling of the sinus lining and drainage pathways, which can lead to damaged or blocked sinuses.
Symptoms of sinusitis include:
- Headache with pain and tenderness of the face
- Sore Throat
- Post nasal drip
- Bad breath
- Loss of smell
The inflamation often occurs with an infection from a virus, bacteria, or fungus. Sinus inflammation can also be caused by the common cold or respiratory illness, allergies, nasal polyps, or variations of the anatomy which make sinus drainage difficult. Sinusitis is considered acute when the symptoms are present for less than 4 weeks. Treatment for acute sinusitis is generally conservative and often involves an increase in fluids, warm compresses for the face, taking muculytics, and at-home nasal saline irrigations. If the inflammation is present for more than 2 months, it may be considered chronic sinusitis. If symptoms persist for longer than 3 weeks, you should schedule an appointment with Eastern CT Ear, Nose, and Throat, particularly when there are repeated or persistent infections.
Balloon Sinus Dilation for Chronic Sinusitis
If you have symptoms that last for more than 12 weeks despite conservative treatment with medical therapy and lifestyle changes, a balloon sinus dilation procedure can provide much-needed relief. Balloon Sinus Dilation is a non-invasive procedure, often performed in our office after conservative treatments have failed. A small, flexible balloon catheter (similar to those used to open blocked arteries) is inserted into the nasal passage to 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 chronic sinusitis sufferers. Most patients return to normal activities within two to three days.
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