Sinus infections are one of the most chronic health complaints in the U.S., causing an estimated 37 million Americans to experience a variety of cold-like symptoms. We have treatment plans that will bring you long-term relief, whether your sinusitis is acute or chronic.
For more information about sinus infections or to schedule an appointment, call Texas ENT & Allergy at (877) 377-4368
What Causes Sinus Infections?
A sinus infection, known as sinusitis, is inflammation and swelling of the tissues that line the sinuses. This interferes with normal mucus drainage, leading to breathing difficulties, pain and pressure. It’s most often caused by an infection brought on by a cold or allergies, but may also be the result of:
- Nasal polyps
- Deviated septum
- Trauma to the face
- Hay fever
- Complications from immune system disorders
How Is Sinusitis Treated?
Treatments will vary depending upon the severity of your sinusitis. Saline nasal sprays and corticosteroids are useful for rinsing your nasal passages and relieving inflammation. Decongestants are a good short-term solution, but extended use can actually worsen the condition. Antibiotics are usually prescribed for bacterial infections.
Options for long-term relief
- Nasal steroid sprays
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
Conventional sinus surgical procedures involve cutting and excision of bone and tissue, a process that may cause pain and scarring and requires a recovery period. In comparison, Balloon Sinuplasty is quick and relatively painless, and has a lower risk of complications or side effects.
Balloon Sinuplasty is typically performed in an outpatient setting and is quite simple.
- After receiving either a local or general anesthetic, a balloon catheter is inserted into your sinus cavity.
- The balloon is then inflated in order to enlarge the sinus opening and widen the walls of the nasal passages.
- A saline solution is sprayed into the cavity to flush out mucus and other debris.
- The catheter is then removed.