Sinus issues affect millions of Americans. From headaches and pressure to recurring infections, sinus symptoms can evolve from uncomfortable to dangerous if left untreated. While medications can treat existing infections, they may not provide long term relief.If you struggle with chronic sinusitis, endoscopic sinus surgery may be able to help alleviate your congestion and other symptoms and prevent them from reoccurring.
What IsEndoscopicSinus Surgery?
Endoscopic sinus surgery is available for healthy patients who seek to restore nasal comfort and function. It is a minimally invasive procedure that unblocks the sinus openings into the nose. The procedure is performed by using an endoscope, a thin, flexible lighted tube that allows your doctor to illuminate and magnify the nasal and sinus areas. The endoscope is inserted through the nostril, and is guided to other areas of the nose.
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A deviated septum is a physical disorder that affects the nose. It is a displacement of the nasal septum, awall of cartilage and bone that separates the two passageways of air in the nose. Although it is normal for the septum to deviate slightly, a severely deviated septum may cause discomfort and aesthetic issues. Should this happen, there are several treatment options to treat these issues.
How To Detect A Deviated Septum
You may have a deviated septum, if you have trouble breathing through your nose. The most common symptom that we see of a deviated septum is nasal obstruction, specifically when one side of the nose is more obstructed than the other. Other signs of a deviated septum include having headaches, nosebleeds, frequent sinus infections, facial pain, or postnasal drip. If you suffer from snoring, a deviated septum may be a contributing factor.
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If you among the 37 million Americans who have sinus problems each year, there is a lot you can do around the house to create a sinus friendly environment. Below are some helpful tips to help you prevent sinus infections and avoid the complications associated with it.
- Keep hydrated, this helps keep the mucus thin.
- Avoid irritants such as allergens, cigarettes, cleaning products, hair spray and other air pollutants which make the sinus membranes swell and worsen your headaches.
- Use a vaporizer or humidifier vaporizer to add moisture to dry rooms and prevent sinus infection. Breathing in dry indoor air, usually common in wintertime can really thicken the mucous, stuff up the nose, and irritate the sinuses. Continue reading “How To Relieve Sinus Pain”
So, you have been diagnosed with sinusitis and have not seen any improvements after three months and taken countless rounds of antibiotics. The next step would be to see a specialist called an Otolaryngologist, or ENT doctors that specialize in conditions of the ears, nose and throat. When your sinus problems are recurring over the years, your ENT doctor will most likely recommend a surgery as an option.
How Do You Know What Type Of Surgery You Need?
Types Of Sinus Surgery
Functional endoscopic surgery, is where a small tube with an attached camera is used to look directly into the nose and sinuses. During an endoscopy Continue reading “How Do I Know I Need Sinus Surgery?”
Chronic sinus problems can cause misery and pain, and if medications are not effective enough, your doctor may recommend sinus surgery. Surgery can help you achieve long-term relief, but problems after sinus surgery can occur in some instances. Below we will explain some of the common problems after sinus surgery, as well as how you can minimize your risk.
What Is Sinus Surgery?
The first course of treatment for sinus issues is usually with conservative, non-invasive options such as allergy medications, antihistamines, or nasal steroid sprays. For some, these types of treatments do not provide enough relief. If there is an underlying issue, such as the presence of a deviated septum or nasal polyps, medications may not provide long-term relief since the issue still remains. Continue reading “Common Problems after Sinus Surgery”
Do you suffer from frequent sinus infections? If so you are probably tired of the facial pain and pressure, congestion, and nasal discharge that can interfere with your daily activities. These symptoms can last for weeks on end or may seem to clear up, only to soon return. A Balloon Sinuplasty procedure can provide relief for many people who suffer with chronic sinus infections by opening blocked nasal passages.
What Is The Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure?
Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to treat chronic or recurrent sinusitis. The procedure involves no incisions and no removal of bone or tissue. It utilizes a small, flexible balloon to open specific sinus passages. This allows mucus to drain normally and alleviates the congestion, pain, and discharge associated with chronic sinusitis.
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If you are going to undergo Sinus Surgery, you might have a few questions regarding the recovery. While sinus surgery is sure way to relieve you of your sinus pain, you need to be prepared for what comes next. Below are a few helpful tips on what to expect and what precautions to take to ensure a successful recovery.
There are a number of simple remedies that can help with sinus relief. But a sinus surgery is one of the most successful ways to deal with your issues.
It is a relatively simple procedure that can be handled under basic anesthesia. After the procedure, most people take 3-5 days to feel normal. Your sinus pain might be gone, but you still need to be on the lookout for symptoms. Continue reading “Helpful Tips for Recovering from Sinus Surgery”
Are you having trouble breathing? Do you suffer from reoccurring sinus infections and congestion? While allergies or inflammation may cause these symptoms, inflamed turbinates may be the cause of your problems.A simple turbinectomy procedure could ease these symptoms.
What is Turbinectomy?
Nasal turbinates are anatomical structures that are located inside the nose and on the side of the nose. These ridges of tissue help warm and moisten the air that passes through your nasal cavity and play an important role in breathing. The turbinates also help filter out impurities in the air that we breathe. If the turbinates become enlarged, you may experience trouble breathing through your nose. We may recommend medication, and if this does not help, turbinectomy surgery may be recommended. This procedure removes part or all of the turbinate. It can be performed under general anesthesia and uses a microdebrider to shave down the excess tissue. Continue reading “Turbinates: What You Should Know”
If you suffer from ongoing or repeated sinus infections, you may have tried several different medications or treatments to try to get relief. In some cases, your doctor may recommend a balloon sinuplasty procedure to help you get long term relief.
What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed in order to help treat chronic sinusitis, a sinus infection that lasts for more than 12 weeks despite attempts to treat it. This procedure is performed by an ear, nose, and throat doctor. Continue reading “Am I a Candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty?”
Post nasal drip can be an annoying condition that causes many different symptoms. However, because it can be treated in a number of ways, there is no need to suffer through the discomfort. Below we will explain the causes of post nasal drip.
What Is Post Nasal Drip?
One or two quarts of mucus is produced in your body every day through glands in your nose and throat. This mucus is necessary for certain bodily functions, including helping to clean and moisten your nasal membranes,humidify the air you breathe in before it reaches your lungs, fight infection and trap foreign matter you inhale. Continue reading “Causes of Post-Nasal Drip”