What is Sinusitis?
When the sinuses swell, usually due to infection or other health problems, the condition is known as sinusitis. There are a large number of symptoms associated with sinusitis, so each patient will respond differently to medication and other short-term treatments. Common symptoms include a blocked or runny nose, sinus headaches, a temperature and inhibited breathing. However, other symptoms such as a painful or swollen face, bad breath and toothache are not uncommon.
The condition is the result of inflamed sinuses, which are caused by an infection or other undiagnosed health condition, such as a compromised immune system. Receiving a diagnosis of sinusitis is only half the battle, as you will need to pursue suitable treatment options to find relief from the symptoms. Sinusitis typically last for 2-3 weeks. However, for many patients, these bouts are frequent and symptoms do not reduce with medication. This condition is known as persistent, or chronic, sinusitis and may require specialist treatment through surgery or a balloon sinuplasty.
Home Treatment vs Balloon Sinuplasty
There are steps you can take at home to help reduce the impact of sinusitis. It is important to note that you should seek advice from a qualified clinician in order to fully benefit from a combination of treatment options. Simple changes to your lifestyle, such as getting plenty of rest and increasing your fluid intake, may help alleviate symptoms. Using a salt water solution when flushing out your nose coupled with suitable medications will also provide relief in many cases.
When you have exhausted every home and medicinal remedy and are still experiencing severe symptoms from sinusitis, it is time to consider alternative treatment options. It is also important to get a diagnosis so you know whether you are suffering from acute or chronic sinusitis. Dr. Greg Levitin can provide you with relief through the use of a procedure known as a balloon sinuplasty.
Unlike surgical options for opening the sinuses, a balloon sinuplasty provides fast and effective relief that is minimally invasive and safe. Recovery time from the procedure is much shorter, with the majority of patients able to return to work within the week. Dr. Greg Levitin is an accomplished surgeon who has carried out thousands of procedures designed to help patients once again breathe easy and avoid recurrence of persistent nasal infections.
If you would like to learn more about the symptoms, causes and treatment of sinusitis, contact Dr. Greg Levitin today to book a consultation. Effective treatment is just around the corner.