The Facts on Chronic Sinusitis
Sinuses are air-filled pockets behind the facial bones surrounding the nose. Each sinus has an opening through which mucus drains. This drainage keeps your sinuses working well and you healthy. Anything that obstructs that flow may cause a buildup of mucus in the sinuses, which may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses. Sinusitis occurs when the linings of your nose, sinuses and throat become inflamed. This inflammation can be from pre-existing colds or even allergies. Chronic sinusitis is when this inflammation lasts three months or more. Not sure if you have chronic sinusitis? Take our sinusitis quiz to get a better idea.
Common Symptoms Include:
- Facial pain, pressure, congestion or fullness
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
- Teeth pain
- Loss of the sense of smell or taste
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
Typical Treatment for Sinusitis
Usual treatment for chronic sinusitis begins with medication prescribed by your doctor. However, up to 60% of chronic sinusitis sufferers don’t get relief with medication. If you are one of these people, a minimally-invasive procedire called Balloon Sinuplasty may be right for you. Please don’t hesitate to make an appointment today!
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Written by Dr. Dillard