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Sinusitis results in inflammation of the sinuses. When this happens, drainage of mucus will be restricted, causing buildup of mucus in the sinuses. The common cold is the top culprit of acute sinusitis and unless it progresses into a bacterial infection, most cases resolve themselves in a week or two with home cures.
However, if your sinus problems persist longer than 12 weeks even with medical treatment, you should consult with your ENT doctor here at Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL, Dr. Sina Joorabchi or Dr. Craig Shapiro, for more progressive treatments.
Basic Sinusitis Treatments
The majority of sinusitis cases get better without medical treatment, and oftentimes, home care techniques are all that’s need for symptom relief. These include:
- Sufficient Rest. This will aid in speeding up recovery and make your body more efficient at fighting off infection.
- Moistening the Sinus Cavities. Breathe in the moist, warm air while taking a hot shower. You can likewise drape a clean cloth over your head while breathing in vapor from a container with hot water. Both will help loosen the mucus buildup and alleviate sinus pain.
- Clear Out Your Nasal Passages. You can use a neti pot or a specially made squeeze bottle for rinsing to clear mucus buildup in your sinuses.
Depending on your specific symptoms, your doctor might likewise recommend the following treatment to ease your symptoms:
- Saline nasal sprays
- Nasal corticosteroids to treat and prevent further inflammation
- OTC Painkillers
- These come in OTC types, tablets, capsules, nasal sprays, and prescription liquids. Use as recommended since rebound congestion or more severe congestion might occur.
- These are usually recommended for treating persistent, progressive, and very severe symptoms. Make sure to finish the whole course of antibiotics even when you feel better since stopping the treatment too soon could result in the recurrence of your symptoms.
- If your sinus issues are caused by allergies, your ENT doctor in Pembroke Pines, FL, may also suggest immunotherapy or allergy shots to help decrease your body’s reaction to particular allergy triggers or allergens.
Visit your ENT doctor or get urgent help if you notice the following symptoms:
- High fever
- Pain, redness, or swelling around the eyes
- Stiff neck
- Vision changes such as seeing double
Preventing Sinus Problems
To help lower the chances of developing acute sinusitis, use a humidifier at home, avoid respiratory infections, pollution, and cigarette smoke, and make sure that your allergies are always under control.
If You Are Concerned or Have Questions About Your Sinus Symptoms, Call Us
Dial (954) 438-7171 to arrange an appointment with one of our ENT doctors, Dr. Sina Joorabchi or Dr. Craig Shapiro, here at Broward Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL.
We can help get your sinus issues under control!
Have persistent sinus infections, trouble sleeping, and facial pressure become the norm, with over-the-counter treatment options failing to provide you with the relief that you need? If so, it may be time to turn to our Pembroke Pine, FL, otolaryngologists, Drs. Craig Shapiro and Sina Joorabchi, for more aggressive and effective treatment options!
Currently, there are 30.8 million Americans who have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis. Unfortunately, the issue here is understanding why something as simple as an acute sinus infection can somehow lead to persistent and chronic problems. Luckily, while researchers are still figuring out why chronic sinusitis occurs, our Pembroke Pines, FL, ENT doctors can still help treat nasal blockages, swelling, and other symptoms!
What is sinusitis and when does this infection become chronic?
Sinusitis or a sinus infection leads to inflammation within the nasal passageways, often as the result of fungus or bacteria. Those with sinus infections often deal with nasal pressure/pain, loss of smell, stuffed noses, and difficulty breathing. An acute sinus infection usually occurs after a cold or series of allergies.
However, sinusitis becomes chronic when simple at-home care and treatment aren’t helping and you’ve been dealing with persistent symptoms for over three months.
How can an otolaryngologist help me?
Since chronic sinusitis is the result of inflammation rather than an infection, the goal of treatment is to get your inflammation under control. This can be done in one of several ways, with the first course of action usually being medication such as nasal steroid sprays. Sometimes there are other issues present such as asthma or allergies that our doctor will need to treat as well, for these issues could be making your inflammation worse.
If medication is unable to get your chronic sinusitis under control, then it might be time to talk to a doctor about getting surgery. Of course, sinus surgery has advanced a lot over the years and we can now offer a simple balloon sinuplasty, which is a minimally invasive procedure that doesn’t require an incision or the removal of bone or tissue.
Instead, a catheter with a deflated balloon at the end is guided into the blocked nasal passage where the balloon is then inflated. As the balloon is inflated it will open up the blockage, allowing mucus and bacteria to properly drain. Even once the catheter is removed, the sinus cavity will remain open.
Need relief? Give us a call!
Located in Pembroke Pines and serving the Broward County and the Hollywood areas, the Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy is dedicated to helping you better manage your sinus problems! If you are dealing with chronic or recurring sinusitis, then call us today at (954) 438-7171 to learn more about what we can do to help!
Don’t let sinus problems affect your daily routine. Let us help you find the relief you want.
If you feel like your life seems to stop the moment sinus issues kick in then our Pembroke Pines, FL, otolaryngologists Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi are here to the rescue. We know that everything from allergies to sinus infections to certain disorders can make it difficult to breathe easier. We want to help you change that.
Common causes of sinus blockages, pain and pressure include:
- A deviated septum (when the wall that separates the two nostrils is crooked, which can affect breathing)
- Respiratory infections
- Allergies (e.g. hay fever)
- Sinus infections (sinusitis)
- Nasal polyps
While a sinus infection or respiratory infection will usually go away on its own without treatment there are times when you will want to turn to our ENT specialist in Pembroke Pines, FL, for care. If you are dealing with nasal discharge, facial pain and pressure, a nasal blockage or sinus congestion that isn’t responding to at-home care, that lasts more than one week or keeps returning then it’s time to schedule an appointment with us.
Many people can handle mild allergy symptoms with over-the-counter medications; however, if your symptoms are severe or persistent we can recommend stronger medications, nasal sprays and even eye drops to help tame your allergy symptoms, whether you are dealing with nasal congestion, itchy eyes or blocked sinuses.
Conditions like a deviated septum or nasal polyps won’t go away on their own. If polyps become too large or cause serious symptoms, or if the deviated septum is affecting your breathing then the only option may be minor surgery to correct the deformity or to remove the polyps. Of course, it’s important to understand that polyps may return over time even after surgery.
Breathe a big sigh of relief when you turn to the ENT and sinus specialists at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL. We are proud to provide comprehensive ENT services to the Broward County and Hollywood, FL, areas. Call our office today to book your next appointment.