Millions of Americans know what it means when someone says that their “sinuses are acting up.” Chronic sinusitis is an uncomfortable condition that affects over 29 million adults according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It may cause phlegm buildup, headaches, stuffy nose, and swelling. What really causes sinusitis, and how can you effectively treat this chronic problem to minimize symptoms? Find that out when you visit Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA, to discuss balloon sinuplasty and other sinus treatments.
What Causes Sinus Problems?
Sinus problems may be caused by an infection in the nasal air cavities. Bad bacteria or fungus that thrives in dark environments mixes with excess mucus. Patients who have recently had cold symptoms may have a sinus flare-up. This can also happen due to allergies, which is why patients tend to struggle with symptoms in certain seasons. Anything that irritates the sinus passageways, whether it’s a chemical smell or dander in the air could cause sinusitis. A deviated septum, which affects the shape of the nose, may also be to blame.
What Are the Common Sinus Treatments?
Conservative treatments for chronic sinusitis include antibiotic therapy (anti-fungal medicine if it’s related to a fungus infection), and corticosteroid nasal sprays. One important goal of treatment is to clear the nasal passages so that you can breathe easier. Applying heat to the face and using a humidifier may help. A Stafford and Fredericksburg ENT can also administer a treatment called balloon sinuplasty for patients who have chronic, painful sinus symptoms.
How Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?
The goal of balloon sinuplasty is to loosen blockages caused by sinusitis. It is an in-office procedure that is done under local sedation. An endoscopic wire is guided into the sinuses then inflated to open the blocked passageway. Infected mucus is gently removed to give you relief. There’s no need for surgery or sleep sedation and you can go back to everyday activities soon after the appointment.
See Your ENT for a Sinus Consultation
If you’re having chronic sinus symptoms, you may need balloon sinuplasty to get reliable, long-term relief. Call 540-371-1226 today for an appointment with a Stafford or Fredericksburg, VA, ENT at Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center.