Sinus Disease Treatment
Millions of Americans suffer from sinus disease, and it can get in the way of your everyday life.
Symptoms of Sinus Disease
- Headaches that are not migraines.
- Pain and pressure around the eyes and cheeks.
- Thick yellow or green mucous discharge.
- Stuffy nose.
What Is Sinus Disease?
Your sinuses are passages that lie near the side of your nose and go up towards the bottom of your skull. They should allow for drainage, but can get blocked and develop sinus disease.
Sinusitis can be acute or chronic. Acute sinusitis can be the result of the common cold and usually goes away on its own if there are no complications. You have chronic sinusitis if your symptoms last longer than 12 weeks, and recurring sinusitis is when your symptoms continue to return after you treat them.
Solutions to Sinus Disease
The first strategies to try are conservative approaches that can help get rid of symptoms. The goals are to reduce inflammation, get rid of any infections, and promote draining of your nasal passageways. At home, you can use a warm compress or try breathing over hot water to clear out your sinuses. You can also be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
Sometimes medications can help.
- Oral or injected corticosteroids to fight inflammation.
- Nasal corticosteroids
- Nasal irrigation with sprays or solutions to get rid of irritants.
- Antibiotics to fight infection.
You might need surgery such as functional endoscopic sinus surgery or balloon sinuplasty. Balloon sinuplasty is more conservative but still effective, and you can get it done in on site at Georgia Center for Ear, Nose and Throat. Dr. Fletcher can evaluate you and recommend the best course of action for your situation.