sinus disorder

When springtime hits and flowers bloom, nothing is worse than coming down with a sinus infection. For many, permanent sinus disorders cause frequent discomfort throughout the year. Fortunately, most disorders are treatable.

Here are a few of the most common sinus disorders we see.

Sinusitis

sinus disorderThis disorder is characterized by the inflammation of air cavities within the passages of your nose. It can be caused by allergies, an infection, or irritation of the sinuses through other means. Symptoms include headaches, tenderness, pressure in the ears and teeth, fever, stuffiness, sore throat, coughing, swelling.

In most cases, a simple sinusitis treatment can relieve discomfort. If your case is problematic and ongoing, however, endoscopic sinus surgery is a possible solution. Your physician can assist in determining whether surgery is the right course of action for your treatment.

Nasal Polyps

These are noncancerous growths that develop in the sinuses and cause blockage. Polyps (or cysts) are filled with water and may swell to the size of a grape. Anyone can suffer from nasal polyps, but they are frequently found in asthma patients.

Medication is a common treatment for polyps. Like sinusitis, endoscopic sinus surgery is a solution when traditional medication fails. Once your polyps clear, you’ll be able to breathe and smell normally.

Deviated Septum

In your nose, there is a portion of flesh separating the nostrils. This is called the septum. In many people, the septum is crooked – either from a nose-related injury or from birth. Those who suffer from a significantly deviated septum can experience serious blockage. Endoscopic sinus surgery is often required to restore breathing and straighten the septum.

Home Remedies to Increase Comfort

To treat common disorders like sinusitis, use acetaminophen, decongestants, and over-the-counter nasal irrigation. If your symptoms don’t improve within a week, see your physician as soon as possible – as something more serious can develop.

Doctors also recommend plenty of fluid and bed rest. Sinusitis can be stubborn. The longer you wait to treat it, the longer it can stick around.

The Balloon Sinuplasty

Those suffering from chronic sinus problems may find a balloon sinuplasty appealing. This minimally-invasive surgery removes no bone or tissue from the nose. Instead, doctors open your swollen and irritated sinuses the same way heart surgeons relieve blockages during a balloon angioplasty.

Contact a Florida Board Certified Physician for Assistance

If you’re suffering from a sinus disorder – or have experienced sinus-related symptoms – contact an experienced Florida board-certified physician at Light ENT. Dr. Joshua Light specializes in sinus and allergy treatment and has been nationally recognized as an expert in minimally-invasive techniques for managing chronic sinus problems. Call our office at (561) 737-8584.