We’ve all had the symptoms: sinus pressure, facial pain, trouble breathing, difficulty sleeping, and sinus headaches. Sinusitis is a common ailment that affects millions of Americans. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 30 million are diagnosed with sinus problems each year. While on the surface it seems similar to a common cold, sinusitis occurs when the sinuses are inflamed, thereby preventing normal drainage and irrigation of the sinus cavities.
When these symptoms persist chronically or off and on for 12 weeks or more, it’s known as chronic sinusitis. Oftentimes, doctors will try to treat chronic sinusitis with medications like antibiotics and nasal steroid sprays, or even natural remedies like inhaling steam or saline nasal spray.
If medications do not work, seeing a sinus specialist is very important. Other treatment options can range from in-office Balloon Sinuplasty to surgery. Balloon Sinuplasty is a breakthrough, minimally-invasive procedure that utilizes a small, flexible balloon catheter to open up blocked sinuses and inflate them, restoring normal sinus drainage and function. Balloon Sinuplasty is not only effective—it’s proven to provide long-term relief—but for certain patients, it’s a safer option than traditional surgery. The procedure requires no hospital stay, and most people can resume their normal activities in just a couple of days.
Dr. Mark Harrison says that chronic sinusitis can be a debilitating disease to many patients. Fortunately, there have been many advancements in how we treat this disease compared to the older treatments and what used to be done.
At Premier Medical, we understand the difficulty of living with the symptoms of chronic sinusitis. If you are experiencing these symptoms, ask an ENT specialist how you can be helped. Our ENT doctors can help you now – Give us a call today!