Sinus disorders affect nearly 50 million Americans annually, resulting in loss of productivity and needless suffering from chronic facial pain and pressure, drainage, sore throat and cough, congestion, sinus infections, loss of taste and smell, and bad breath. While some people find relief from over-the-counter medications, many no longer respond to these common remedies.
Sometimes people inherit nasal and sinus problems linked to a common environmental sensitivity or a pre-disposing anatomical facial structure. Exposure to irritants such as pollution, chemicals, and smoke at home, outdoors, and in the workplace also contribute to increased suffering. A variety of factors from sinusitis to nasal fractures and deviated septum can necessitate advanced medical treatment.
What causes sinus problems?
Sinus Problems occur when the openings into the sinus become blocked. This is when symptoms of congestion, coughing, facial pressure, fatigue, and other symptoms take place. Colds or other infections, allergies, or physical obstructions may lead to “sinus shutdown” or blockages in the sinuses. This is usually the result of a swollen sinus lining or damage cilia that can not effectively clear your sinuses of mucus. Stress can also contribute to sinus problems.
Sinusitis is inflammation or infection of any of the four groups of sinus cavities in the skull, which open into the nasal passages. Sinusitis is not the same as rhinitis, although the two may be associated and their symptoms may be similar. The terms “sinus trouble” or “sinus congestion” are sometimes wrongly used to mean congestion of the nasal passage itself. Most cases of nasal congestion, though, are not associated with sinusitis.
How do we treat sinus problems?
Most people with acute sinusitis are treated with antibiotics and decongestants and antihistamines. People with chronic sinusitis are treated the same way but will need long term treatment for maximum effectiveness.
Balloon sinuplasty surgery is designed for people with chronic sinus problems who do not respond to conservative medical treatment.
Sinus disease symptoms include:
- Facial pain
- Feeling of fullness
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Persistent bad smell in the nose
- Post-nasal discharge
- Ear fullness
What is Balloon Sinuplasty Surgery:
Balloon Sinuplasty devices enable minimal invasive sinusitis treatment, entirely though the nostrils. This may result in minimal bleeding, less post-procedure discomfort for patients and can be performed in an office setting under local anesthesia with or without mild sedation.