October 12, 2016

Sinusitis

Sinusitis

The Sinuses are hollow, air-filled spaces inside the skull and facial skeleton, which are lined with mucosa: a thin layer of tissue that secretes mucus. The sinuses drain through small openings into the nose. No one knows for sure why we even have sinuses, but there are several theories, including:

They make our heads lighter and less “front-heavy.” Our necks appreciate this!

They provide resonance for our voice.

They offer a sort of “crumple zone” against trauma, thus preserving our brain at the expense of our face!

Symptoms of sinusitis may include nasal congestion, thick drainage from the nose or into the throat, pressure in the face, headaches, fatigue, bad breath, cough, and loss of smell. Chronic sinusitis refers to sinus inflammation that causes symptoms lasting more than 3 months. Recurrent sinusitis refers to symptoms that occur on an intermittent but frequent basis. Symptoms typically last 10 or more days, then completely resolve in between episodes. Causes of sinusitis may include infection, allergic or nonallergic inflammation, irritant exposure, or narrowed/blocked sinus passages. Often there is more than one cause present in any given patient.

A thorough examination by one of the physicians at Peak ENT can help determine the underlying cause(s) of your sinusitis, thus allowing an individualized treatment plan.

Recommended treatments may include antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, or surgery to open blocked sinus passages. Usually surgery is recommended only after other treatments have failed. In appropriate candidates, a simple in-office procedure can provide substantial relief.