When you have a cold, you can take medicine to treat the symptoms until the illness passes after a few days. When you have an infection, you can take antibiotics to force the illness and the resulting symptoms away. When you suffer from sinusitis, there is little you can do other than try to mitigate the extent of the symptoms, but there are options that can help relieve some of the resulting breathing and congestion issues.
Similar to a cold or some infections, individuals suffering from sinusitis experience symptoms like headaches, facial tenderness, pain and pressure around eyes, tooth or ear pain, sinus pain or pressure, nasal congestion, fatigue, irritated throat, or a cough. Depending on how often you are experiencing these symptoms, you will fall into one of three categories of sinusitis.
This type of sinusitis feels very similar to what you would expect to experience during a cold. Typically, the symptoms last less than 10 days and can be alleviated through over-the-counter medication. Unlike a cold, which usually has a slow escalation of symptoms, acute sinusitis comes on quickly with very little warning.
Recurrent sinusitis occurs when a patient experiences frequent episodes of acute sinusitis. While symptoms may be somewhat managed through over-the-counter medication, it is likely the condition will return shortly thereafter, without warning, causing the patients to have to deal with the symptoms of the condition frequently.
When a patient suffers from acute sinusitis for weeks or months at a time, it is considered at this point to be a chronic condition. In addition to over-the-counter medication to remedy the symptoms, antibiotics or steroids may also be prescribed, but it is common for patients to still experience symptoms of sinusitis even after this medication.
While medications are an excellent way to help reduce the symptoms, it is common for even the strongest options to fall short of completely relieving the issues. Luckily, there are a few procedures that can help correct some of the congestion and breathing problems you may be experiencing.
By using an inflatable balloon inside the nasal canal, the nasal passage is dilated in order to provide a wider breathing pathway. The procedure is minimally invasive and can be performed in the office with a local anesthetic.
Coblation® Turbinate Reduction
This procedure is minimally invasive and utilizes radio frequency energy to provide relief from airway obstructions often caused by acute, recurrent, and chronic sinusitis. Typically, this procedure takes less than 30 minutes to complete under local anesthesia in the office.
Often used to correct issues with snoring, septoplasty is another strong option to help relieve breathing problems associated with sinusitis. Usually performed to correct snoring and sleep apnea, septoplasty involves straightening the patient’s septum cartilage and opening the natural breathing airways.
If you are interested in learning more about which procedure can relieve your sinusitis symptoms, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Sinus Center LA, give our office a call at 310-862-2288.