What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is the swelling and inflammation of the sinus tissues. The swelling of the sinuses can create blockages and cause bacteria or viruses to grow. The bacteria and viruses create a sinus infection, also called sinusitis. Sinusitis can cause a host of miserable symptoms including problems breathing, headaches, and other symptoms that make daily life difficult.
Not all sinusitis cases are the same, and some require different types of treatment. If you are suffering from sinusitis, it’s time to get help and find relief with Emerald ENT.
Sinus Infection vs. Cold
The symptoms of sinus infections and colds are known to overlap but there is a distinct difference between the two. While colds are caused by a virus and characterized by sore throats, cough, headache, stuffy nose, mucus buildup, sneezing, general fatigue, swollen sinuses, and fever; with a sinus infection, the primary area of infection is the nasal passages which is much harder to get rid of.
Chronic sinusitis relief is possible
If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, you understand the desire to get relief. The good news is relief is possible, and there are many treatment options available.
Emerald ENT can find the correct sinusitis treatment for you and get you back to breathing normally in no time.
The first line of defense most people go to when it comes to sinus infections is over-the-counter medications. The problem with self-medicating is many medicines include unnecessary ingredients and they only provide symptom relief rather than treating the infection.
Natural home remedies
Home remedies can be a convenient and cost-effective way to find relief from painful sinusitis symptoms. Some good home remedies for sinus pain relief include:
- Humidifiers – steam from a humidifier is an excellent way to help open the nasal passage and reduce swelling. The same method applies when taking a hot shower and breathing in the steam.
- Neti pot – Neti pots are very effective at clearing out mucus and helping the sinuses drain. If you want to use a Neti pot, it is extremely important to read the directions carefully.
- Warm/cold compresses – Warm or cold packs can help decrease inflammation of the sinuses when you place them around your forehead and eyes.
- Stay hydrated – Water goes a long way and can help ease sinus issues even when you are not experiencing an infection.
Deviated septum surgery – surgery may be required if the septum has seriously deviated.
Endoscopic sinus surgery – endoscopic surgery is an option for patients who suffer from an internal physical problem with the sinuses, like nasal polyps.
Sinus surgery is a long-term option for patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis. Sinus surgeries can be painful and have an extended recovery time. Surgery should only be performed when it is necessary. Some sinus surgical procedures include:
Balloon Sinuplasty is an in-office procedure that is an alternative to traditional surgery. It is minimally invasive and does not require any cutting or removal of bone and tissue. Recovery is short, and you can start breathing normally again on the same day.
Balloon Sinuplasty addresses the root cause of sinus pressure and infections. Find out today if you are a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty.