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Sinusitis: A Common but Irritating Condition

Sinusitis occurs when a bacterial infection causes the tissue in your sinus lining to become inflamed and swell up. Sound familiar? While most healthy people are well-equipped to fight off acute sinusitis, the symptoms can still be irritating and uncomfortable. 

That’s why the ENT specialists here at ENT of New Orleans, with offices in New Orleans and Marrero, Louisiana, want to share more information about how to identify and treat sinusitis, so you can get some much-needed relief.

What causes sinusitis?

Your sinuses are a connected system of hollow cavities located behind your nose, forehead, cheekbones, and between your eyes. When you’re healthy, your sinuses are clear, allowing air to pass through freely. Some mucus is also present in order to help filter the air and protect your sinuses from bacteria.

The problem occurs when your sinuses become blocked with mucus (think stuffy or runny noses). This provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to multiply and infect your sinuses. 

Sinusitis is usually caused by fairly common conditions, such as:

Sinusitis symptoms

The most common symptom of sinusitis is the feeling of pressure coming from behind your eyes and nose. This happens because the fluid buildup in your sinuses puts pressure on the surrounding areas of your face.

Acute sinusitis also causes two or more of these symptoms:

Acute sinusitis usually lasts 2-4 weeks. If you experience these symptoms for more than 12 weeks, you may have chronic sinusitis. If your symptoms persist or worsen after a week, we recommend that you make an appointment with us.

Treatment options

While having acute sinusitis usually isn’t an immediate cause for concern, there are steps you can take to relieve the discomfort and pain.

Conservative treatments

Home treatment options include:

While these home remedies can offer some temporary relief from sinusitis, we can offer more effective treatment options if needed. We can prescribe antibiotics, steroids (to reduce inflammation), and decongestants for acute sinusitis. 

Sinus surgery

If you suffer from chronic or recurring sinusitis, we may recommend balloon sinuplasty, which is a minimally invasive procedure. With this procedure, we insert a balloon into your sinus cavity, guided by a state-of-the-art imaging system. Then we gently inflate the balloon to help create more space in your sinuses.

For more serious cases of chronic sinusitis, we may recommend going for functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). While this is a surgical process, no incisions are required. Instead, we insert a thin endoscope through your nose, then we remove the blockage in your sinuses.

When you come in for any kind of sinus treatment, you can rest assured that you’ll receive the best level of sinus care with the most advanced technology available. Our facility is recognized by Entellus Medical as a Center of Excellence.

If you want to see if you have sinusitis, or if you do and want treatment, we can help. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with ENT of New Orleans today.

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