When a Winter Cold Goes Bad
With the cold weather quickly making its way in, it’s time to start bundling up again! During this season, it’s common for pesky colds to get in the way of our daily activities. Taking precautions such as frequently washing your hands, eating a well-balanced meal, and exercising can help keep colds away and while in some cases, we can quickly recover, there are times when a cold can turn into sinusitis.
What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis occurs when the air cavities around your nasal passages become inflamed. Common causes for sinusitis include common colds, allergies, and infections. If you are experiencing a simple or acute sinusitis, symptoms such as nasal congestion, sinus pressure or pain, headaches, fever, or a sore throat may occur. These cases usually last approximately 2-4 weeks and can be treated with:
- Nasal sprays
- Over-the-counter decongestant and antihistamines
- Warm compresses and hot beverages to help ease the pain
If symptoms get worse over time, it might be best for you to visit a doctor. Your doctor may prescribe you antibiotics, however, if symptoms last for more than 8 weeks, you could be diagnosed with chronic sinusitis.
How to Treat Chronic Sinusitis:
In cases where treatment and medication do not improve symptoms, your ENT doctor may recommend Balloon Sinuplasty Surgery. Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimal invasive procedure used to treat chronic sinusitis. This effective and FDA approved technology uses a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.
To learn more or see if you are a candidate for this procedure, contact a patient care coordinator today at 212-288-2222!
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