As fall approaches, so does the longtime dreaded allergy season. For some, this time of the year can bring on more serious cases that go beyond the regular allergy symptoms such as the occasional itchy watery eyes, runny nose, and scratchy throat and crossover to sinusitis, or a sinus infection.
Sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection, comes in two forms. Acute sinusitis is a more mild form of a sinus infection that may be brought on by a common cold or allergies. In most cases, they do not last longer than a few days and can clean up on its own. However, there are some instances where a pain reliever and a decongestant is recommended. A more serious case of a sinus infection is considered chronic sinusitis. This form can be caused, too, by a cold or allergies, but more so, an infection, such as an untreated sinus infection or some sort of abnormal growth.
In any case of sinusitis, the cavities that surround the nasal passages become inflamed due to the bacteria that may be present in the mucus that is causing you congestion.
Sinusitis is very common, especially around cold & flu and allergy season. Oftentimes, it may be difficult to differentiate a sinus infection from allergies or the common cold.
A sinus infection causes the feeling of tension and congestion, oftentimes accompanied by ache or discomfort in the middle portion of the face (sides of the nose and underneath the eyes). Other symptoms commonly associated with a sinus infection could be fever, tenderness around the nose, post-nasal drip, discolored mucous discharge (greenish-yellow), bad breath and a headache or pressure when you lean forward or lay down.
An acute sinus infection typically lasts between 2-7 days. If the symptoms persist or worsen, you may need to be prescribed antibiotics for treatment.
If an individual suffers from multiple sinus infections in a certain period of time, it may be appropriate to explore other solutions. For more frequent, serious cases, some people may consider a procedure known as Balloon Sinuplasty. This incision-free sinus surgery will help alleviate the issues that bring on the sinus infection.
The main goal of this procedure is to help restore normal sinus drainage back to the nasal system and improve mucous circulation. Unlike a typical sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty is performed by going through the nostrils with a small balloon catheter to help open up the obstructed nasal passages. This option is best for individuals that are hesitant about going in for an invasive surgical procedure.
There is very little bleeding that may occur accompanied by minor discomfort. However, since there are no incisions necessary, patients may return to regular day to day activities within 24 hours.
Balloon Sinuplasty can be performed as an in-office procedure. Dr. Monica Tadros has performed hundreds of the non-invasive Balloon Sinuplasty procedures in the comfort of her office. Past patients have related it to something like a visit to the dentist’s office, both safe and comfortable. Dr. Tadros will meet with hopeful candidates prior to any scheduling of the procedure to help decide if Balloon Sinuplasty is the right treatment for their outstanding issues.