In the skull there is a connected system of hollow cavities that surround the nose, these are called Sinuses. When the lining of these cavities become inflamed the condition is called Sinusitis.
Acute sinusitis happens when fungi, bacteria, or viruses cause the inflammation and infection occurs.
For acute sinusitis treatment usually includes:
Chronic sinusitis is persistent inflammation that does not resolve with treatment. It might be tender and swollen around your eyes, cheeks or forehead. It can be difficult to breathe through your nose and your nose can feel stuffy. You may experience postnasal drip (drainage down the back of the throat) or have a runny nose. Sometimes people with chronic sinusitis have headaches, ear pain, bad breath and fatigue.
Some causes of Chronic Sinusitis are:
A series of medical treatments are our first line of defense when combating chronic sinusitis. If those attempts are unsuccessful new minimally invasive procedures are available.
Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure done right in our office. An instrument in inserted into the sinus through the nose and a balloon is used to open the cavity. Saline is then pushed through the sinuses providing a deep sinus flush.
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery can be done both in the hospital or surgical center to improve chronic sinusitis symptoms. Guided fiber optic navigation and CT imagery are used by the surgeon to locate and remove polyps, tumors and clear sinuses to improve functioning.
Nasal Endoscopy is a procedure performed in our office using a camera and light connected to a thin flexible tube. The tube is inserted through the nose and gives specialists clear video of nasal and sinus passageways. The provider is able to see if there are any nasal polyps, blockages or infection.
Our providers use nasal endoscopy to get more information when patients have concerns about possible infection, nasal congestion, nosebleeds or loss of smell.