Sinusitis is the inflammation and swelling of the tissues that line the sinuses. Symptoms that accompany sinusitis generally include the following:
- A runny nose
- A nasal obstruction
- Nasal congestion
- Discolored mucus discharge
- Sinus pain, pressure, and tenderness
- Breathing problems, sleeping problems, fatigue
To treat this condition and its accompanying symptoms, it is essential to identify the cause.
The Possible Causes of Sinusitis
Chronic sinusitis may be caused by any or any combination of the following:
- Viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. Typically, acute sinusitis is caused by a viral infection. It usually lasts 7-10-days and is treated using home remedies and over-the-counter medications to help decrease the frequency and severity of symptoms while the body rids itself of the virus. If this is caused by a bacterial or viral infection may take longer and be more difficult to treat.
- Nasal polyps. Sac-like, noncancerous growths that are found in the lining of the sinuses. Nasal polyps vary in size. Small polyps generally cause no symptoms. Large polyps typically interfere with and obstruct the sinuses, causing sinusitis. An ENT specialist may prescribe corticosteroids, antihistamines, or antibiotics to treat nasal polyps.
- A deviated septum. The nasal septum divides the nasal pathway. When the nasal septum deviates from its normal anatomical position, it can obstruct the pathway and cause sinus problems. A septoplasty is a surgical procedure used to correct a deviated septum.
- Bad allergy attacks can cause inflammation that blocks the sinuses. Common causes of allergy attacks include but are not limited to pollen, mold, and insects. If an ENT specialist suspects is allergies are the cause, he or she will order an allergy test to help make a formal diagnosis.
Seeking Treatment for Sinusitis
ENT specialists use numerous safe and effective nonsurgical and surgical treatment options to treat sinusitis. A popular procedure that provides patients with a minimally invasive alternative to traditional sinus surgery is a Balloon Sinuplasty. Patients who are searching for a solution and are interested in learning more about the procedure are encouraged to make an appointment with Dr. Neil Goldhaber. We have 4 locations throughout Florida. Contact us today!