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By MIDWEST ENT; EAR NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALISTS
July 13, 2017
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinusitis  

Has sinus pain become a daily occurrence? When over-the-counter and prescription medications just don't do enough to ease your pain,Sinusitis sinus surgery may be an option. Our Chicago, IL, otolaryngologist, Dr. Gordon Siegel of Midwest ENT, discusses chronic sinusitis symptoms and explains treatment options.

How do I know if I have chronic sinusitis?

You may have chronic sinusitis if your symptoms last three months or longer. Symptoms of chronic sinusitis may include:

  • Pain in your nose, eyes, cheeks and forehead
  • Pressure in your sinuses
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Thick yellow or green nasal discharge
  • Congestion
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Nausea, which may be worse in the morning due to post-nasal drip
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth

What causes chronic sinusitis?

These factors may increase your risk of developing chronic sinusitis:

  • Polyps in your nasal passages
  • Deviated septum
  • Enlarge turbinates
  • Allergies
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Certain diseases, such as asthma, GERD, cystic fibrosis or immune system disease, including HIV/AIDS

What are the treatment options for chronic sinusitis?

Medications that are helpful for acute sinusitis, which lasts less than 12 weeks, may not be quite as effective when your symptoms linger. If you don't experience enough relief by irrigating your sinuses and taking over-the-counter or prescription decongestants, corticosteroids and antibiotics, surgery may be helpful.

Endoscopic surgery relieves chronic sinusitis symptoms by removing inflamed tissue, scar tissue and blockages, and may also be used to straighten deviated septums. During surgery, a tiny probe that contains a camera is inserted into your sinuses via your nostrils. The camera transmits images to a digital monitor, allowing your ear, nose and throat doctor to clearly see and treat problem areas in your sinuses.

Balloon sinuplasty is another option for Chicago patients. Benefits of the minimally invasive procedure include less pain after the procedure, reduced risk of infection and less downtime. Both endoscopic surgery and balloon sinuplasty are performed under general anesthesia. During balloon sinuplasty, a small wire catheter that contains a deflated balloon is inserted into your sinuses. Once it's in position, the balloon is inflated, opening up blocked sinus passages.

Sinus surgery can help relieve your sinus pain. Call our Chicago, IL, otolaryngologist, Dr. Siegel of Midwest ENT, at (312) 988-7777 to schedule an appointment.

By MIDWEST ENT; EAR NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALISTS
March 31, 2017
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Sinusitis  
SinusitisEveryone, at one time or another, has suffered with sinusitis. However, many people don’t know exactly what sinusitis is or how best to treat it; a lot of misinformation exists. Our doctors want to clear up these misunderstandings. For example, sinusitis, while often caused by the common cold, is not a cold. A cold, which is a viral infection, presents with a number of symptoms, of which sinusitis may be one.
 
Another common misconception is that sinusitis is always caused by a bacterial infection, therefore, the patient should take antibiotics immediately. However, that is not always the case.
 
In fact, many cases of sinusitis – even cases caused by bacterial infections -- don’t need to be treated with antibiotics at all. That’s why it’s important to know what is causing your sinusitis so you can properly treat it. An ENT specialist can help you determine what you are dealing with and how best to treat it.
 
In order to help better understand sinusitis, here are a few commonly asked questions and answers.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a condition that causes the cavities around your nasal passages (sinuses) to become inflamed and swollen. When this happens, it becomes more difficult for drainage to occur. This causes congestion, blockage, and tenderness.

What causes sinusitis?

Acute sinusitis is most often caused by the common cold. However, other conditions, such as allergies, bacterial and fungal infections, can cause sinusitis flare ups.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms can include, but are not limited to: thick, yellow or green discharge; difficulty breathing through the nose; congestion; pain or tenderness around the eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead; and coughing.

How long does a typical bout of sinusitis last?

Generally, sinusitis doesn’t last more than a few days to a week or two. However, sinusitis that lasts more than eight weeks or keeps coming back is referred to as chronic sinusitis and may need more aggressive treatment. Severe cases left untreated can lead to more serious complications.

What are my treatment options?

Treatment will depend on the individual case, but most of the time most cases can be treated with over the counter/home remedies. More severe bacterial infections might require antibiotics.
 
If you are seeking the services of an experienced ENT doctor, consider contacting our office for an appointment.
 
If you have irritating allergies, you already know they can affect your life. They can keep you from doing the things you like, and worst of all, they may not be just seasonal. But now there’s help just a phone call away from your ENT specialists. Call today and get some relief from your allergies!