People who suffer from chronic sinus problems know all too well how constant pain and pressure can affect daily life. It’s a struggle just to get out of bed in the morning, and almost impossible to focus on important tasks at work and family issues at home. Luckily for sinusitis sufferers, there are several treatments available that can relieve symptoms and get you back to feeling – and functioning — your best. Talk to your ENT about which sinusitis treatment may be right for you.
Home Remedies and Medication
Most physicians will recommend that you first try to alleviate sinus problems naturally. They may suggest you take hot showers to allow steam to open your airways, or a neti pot to clear drainage pathways using a saline solution. They may also encourage you to avoid being outdoors around allergens that aggravate your symptoms, including pollens that peak during late spring and early fall.
Your doctor may also prescribe decongestants to help reduce swelling in the lining of the sinuses, nasal steroids to reduce inflammation, and guaifenesin which thins mucus for a more productive cough. If he suspects that you have a sinus infection, he may write a prescription for an antibiotic.
When natural remedies and medications don’t help, ask your ENT about a minimally invasive sinusitis treatment called Balloon Sinus Dilation. After using local anesthesia, your doctor will insert a tiny balloon into your nasal passage and expand the balloon to dilate and reshape your sinuses. This opens up the drainage pathway to allow compacted mucus to drain. In most cases the procedure can be done in a doctor’s office and recovery time is much faster than traditional sinus surgery, allowing you to return to normal activities within 24 hours.
If your doctor suspects that you’re not a candidate for sinus dilation, he may suggest functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). The goal of this procedure is to flush out infected material and open up blocked passages. In an operating room while you are under general anesthesia, a surgeon will use a magnifying endoscope to see and remove affected tissue and bone to expand the drainage pathways. Sometimes balloon sinus dilation can be used in combination with FESS. Sinus surgery requires a longer recovery time of 3-5 days, but if you suffer from chronic sinusitis, the relief can be well worth it.
Sound Health ENTs Are Here to Help Sinusitis Sufferers
You don’t have to live with the constant pain of sinusitis. Make an appointment with a trusted physician at Sound Health to find out how to get relief.
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