Sinusitis (sinus infection) is a very common condition, and in an effort to relieve their symptoms, many people try treatments that aren’t likely to help.
Before you run to the drug store and waste time and money on ineffective remedies, look for an otolaryngologist – an ear, nose, and throat specialist – to accurately diagnose your condition and its underlying cause in order to provide you with the most effective sinus treatment.
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis occurs when your body reacts to an infection, causing the lining of your sinuses to become inflamed and swollen. This blocks the small openings into the nasal passages that allow mucus to flow normally. When this happens, mucus builds up and causes troublesome symptoms.
Sinus infections can be infectious (capable of directly or indirectly spreading from one person to another) or non-infectious.
What are the symptoms of sinusitis?
The symptoms caused by sinusitis can be very persistent and uncomfortable and may include:
- Facial pain or pressure
- A feeling of congestion or fullness
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- A nasal discharge of yellow or green mucus
- Tooth pain
- Loss of some sense of smell and/or taste
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
What are the sinus treatment options?
Initially, sinusitis is often treated with medicines and home treatments such as applying moist heat to your face.
The goals of sinus treatments are to:
- Improve drainage of mucus and reduce swelling in the sinuses
- Relieve pain and pressure
- Clear up any infection
- Prevent the scar tissue from forming and avoid permanent damage to the tissues lining the nose and sinuses
Surgery may be required if you have taken antibiotics for an extended period of time but still have symptoms or when complications are likely.
What are the surgical sinus treatments available?
Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive sinus surgery that qualified ENT physicians use to open up blocked sinuses. The technology involves using tiny balloons, which are inflated to open blocked sinus passages and then removed.
The technique is similar to the way in which angioplasty uses balloons to open blocked coronary arteries.
Turbinate reduction is a quick and virtually painless in-office procedure with a fast recovery and a low incidence of side effects. It’s performed when the turbinates, bony tissues on each side of the nose, are too large. The procedure reduces the size of enlarged turbinates, which decreases airway resistance and improves nasal breathing. It can also reduce nasal drainage and postnasal drip.
While it solves these problems, turbinate reduction also helps preserve the turbinates’ natural function of cleaning and humidifying the air that moves through your nose into your lungs. The procedure results in a 50% reduction of nasal blockage within a week, according to clinical studies.
Where can I find the best sinus treatment in Atlanta?
The Sinus Center of Atlanta is dedicated to the treatment of sinus and nasal conditions and allergies.
Our doctors are among Atlanta’s finest board-certified otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat specialists) with an expertise in and focus on the treatment and management of sinusitis, nasal obstructions, allergic rhinitis, and other related conditions.
These procedures are effective and involve minimal discomfort and recovery time, allowing you to return to work the next day, if not immediately.
If you’re suffering from a sinus infection, contact the Sinus Center of Atlanta today. We’ll determine the cause of your sinusitis and develop a sinus treatment plan to get you the relief you need.