WHAT IS SINUS DISEASE OR SINUSITIS?
If you’ve ever had a sinus infection, you’re not alone. Approximately 31 million Americans suffer from what is known as sinusitis or sinus disease. Sinusitis is defined as inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining of the nasal passages and sinuses. This inflammation can prevent your sinuses from draining properly. Mucous and fluid build-up in the sinuses can lead to sinus infections, which means more inflammation and pain.
WHAT ARE SOME SYMPTOMS OF SINUSITIS?
Sinusitis symptoms may include:
- Facial fullness, pain, or pressure
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Nasal discharge that isn’t clear
- Upper tooth pain and bad breath
WHAT TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?
- Medications and/or saline rinses
- Balloon Sinuplasty in the office
- Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)
WHEN SHOULD I SEE A DOCTOR? If any of the above symptoms persist longer than a few weeks you should schedule an appointment with our Board Certified Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians. Sinusitis that doesn’t respond to medical therapy and lasts 12 weeks or more is called chronic sinusitis.