When your sinuses are inflamed, you feel miserable and often have a headache, stuffy nose, sore throat, and sometimes a fever. Whether you’re having a short-term bout or your sinusitis is long-lasting, get relief with the expert care at ENT and Allergy Specialists. With four locations in Bryn Mawr, Pottstown, Phoenixville, and East Norriton, Pennsylvania, you can find a location that’s convenient and able to help you overcome sinusitis quickly. Call one of the offices or book an appointment online to have your sinuses evaluated and instances of sinusitis resolved.
When the air cavities within your nasal passages become inflamed, it’s called sinusitis, better known as a sinus infection. You may develop a sinus infection due to environmental irritants, allergies, or a bacterial infection.
Sinusitis may be acute, meaning it lasts up to a month, or subacute, in which it lasts from 4-12 weeks. Chronic sinus infections last longer than 12 weeks and sometimes continue for months or years. If you experience several sinus infection attacks in a year, your sinusitis is recurrent.
Recurrent acute sinusitis is short episodes of sinusitis that recur more than 4 times a year and require more treatment to prevent the infections, instead of just antibiotics during an infection.
Sinusitis is often accompanied by a headache, congestion, and sore throat. You may also develop:
When you blow your nose, the discharge is usually cloudy or even yellowish or green in color. A sinus infection is usually not contagious.
Acute cases of bacterial sinusitis usually respond well to antibiotics, steroids, nasal sprays, humidifiers, and decongestants.
If it’s suspected that your sinusitis is allergy-related, ENT and Allergy Specialists may do thorough testing and recommend immunotherapy to help reduce your reaction to specific allergens.
If your case is resistant to medications or other treatment, you might be a candidate for sinus surgery. At ENT and Allergy Specialists, the talented doctors can offer image-guided sinus surgery and balloon sinuplasty, both of which have excellent results in improving sinus health.
Image-guided sinus surgery involves your doctor inserting a small tube with a light into your sinus passages to get a better image. They then remove any tissue or polyps blocking your nasal passages. The surgery may also involve opening a narrow cavity to facilitate better drainage.
You might be a candidate for sinus surgery if you have swollen tissue, thin pieces of bone, nasal polyps, or tumors blocking your sinus or nasal passages.
Balloon sinuplasty is a nonsurgical treatment for chronically blocked sinuses that aren’t caused by excess tissue or bone. During balloon sinuplasty, your doctor inserts a small, flexible balloon catheter into your nasal passageways to open them up and allow for better mucus drainage.
The balloon widens the cavity space, which allows the doctor to rinse out excess pus and mucus. The expansion of the balloon also results in wider, restructured sinus passageways without any incisions.
If you suffer from relentless sinus infections, call the office of ENT and Allergy Specialists or book an appointment online to find relief.