Identify the root of your nasal & sinus problems
What is sinusitis?
One of the most common nasal and sinus conditions is sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection. This is a swelling or inflammation of the tissue that lines the sinus and nasal area. Sinusitis can be the result of a bacterial infection, virus, or structural issues like narrow sinus openings or facial injury. If the sinus opening is too narrow, normal mucus drainage may not occur, leading to congestion and infection.
A normal sinus cavity is filled with air. But when the sinus tissue is irritated, the cavity can become blocked and fill with fluid, which can lead to an infection. Colds, allergies, nasal polyps or a deviated septum can all cause sinus blockages.
Do I have chronic sinusitis?
Sinusitis is many times an acute condition which can be treated with nasal saline rinses, antihistamines, and over the counter decongestants. However if the symptoms of sinusitis are lasting more than 8 week or recur throughout the year, you may be experiencing chronic sinusitis.
What are the symptoms of sinusitis?
- A thick, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat
- Nasal congestion or difficulty breathing through your nose
- Throbbing, pain, tenderness or swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
- Aching in your upper jaw and teeth
- Reduced sense of smell and taste
- Cough, which sometimes may worsen at night
- Bad breath (halitosis)
How do I treat chronic sinusitis?
Many cases of chronic sinusitis can be treated through an in-office, minimally invasive procedure known as balloon sinuplasty. Learn more on our balloon sinuplasty page.
What is a deviated septum?
Your nose is divided into 2 nostrils by your septum. If the septum leans into one, or both, nostrils, it is a deviated septum. This is a problem because it can make it hard to breathe through the nose and can aggravate sinus problems, snoring and headaches. Most of these septal deviations are the result of minor birth trauma, but the continuous growth of the septal cartilage causes this problem to get more severe with time. These deviations can also result from nasal fractures.
What are the symptoms of a deviated septum?
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Bad breath
- Sinus infections
- Ear fullness
How is a deviated septum treated?
If the deviated septum is causing significant symptoms, a simple procedure called septoplasty can be performed in about 10-15 minutes with our experienced surgeons. This used to be a very difficult surgery, however, we usually perform this in the office using intravenous sedation and most patients are back to work within 1-2 days. We do not use uncomfortable packing or splinting in the nose.