Over 35 million Americans suffer from sinusitis each year, including many residents of the St. Louis area. Sinusitis symptoms can cause debilitating pain that’s hard to relieve with medication, and often recurs again and again without proper treatment. Knowing what symptoms to look for can help you get relief faster.
Causes of Sinusitis
When our sinuses are healthy, mucus is able to drain so air can continue to circulate. But when that mucus gets blocked and is unable to drain, it makes breathing difficult and causes bacteria to enter the sinuses, leading to infection.
Sinus blockage can be caused by:
•Excess mucus from a common cold
•Swelling of the lining of the nose, also known as allergic rhinitis
•Nasal polyps, which are small growths in the lining of the nose
•Structural issues such as a deviated septum or a narrow drainage pathway
Cold symptoms like a sore throat and runny nose usually last less than 10 days. If you’re feeling bad after that time period, it could be due to a sinus infection, or sinusitis.
See your doctor if you’re experiencing the following sinusitis symptoms:
•A lasting cough
•Facial tenderness or pain
•Nasal congestion and a thick discharge
Types of Sinusitis and Treatment Options
Whether you have acute, subacute or chronic sinusitis, your symptoms are sure to be just as uncomfortable. The difference in how we treat your condition often lies in how long your suffering has lasted. We develop each sinusitis treatment plan after first listening closely to our patients.
Acute sinusitis often begins with cold-like symptoms such as a stuffy nose and facial pain. It may start suddenly and last 2-4 weeks, and can sometimes be relieved with natural remedies or medications.
Chronic sinusitis symptoms last 3 months or longer and may require endoscopic sinus surgery or balloon sinus dilation in order to relieve blockage and allow mucus to flow.
Recurrent acute sinusitis happens several times a year and is sometimes treated with medications but also may be helped with sinus surgery or balloon sinus dilation.
Sound Health ENTs Offer the Best St. Louis Sinusitis Treatment
You don’t have to keep suffering from sinusitis symptoms. Our doctors are happy to consult with you to determine which type of treatment could be beneficial to you. We are knowledgeable in all sinus surgery and can perform balloon sinus dilation in our office, which is a non-surgical procedure that opens up the sinus pathway to relieve blockage.
Call Our Office at (314) 332-1377 to Schedule a Consultation with One of
Sound Health’s ENT Specialists.