WHAT is Sinusitis?

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Sinusitis occurs when the tissues lining the sinuses and their drainage pathways become inflamed or swollen, leading to blocked sinuses. This condition can be triggered by various factors and often poses significant treatment challenges. Sinusitis affects 31 million adults in the US, and it can persist despite medication, severely impacting the quality of life for both adults and children.

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WHAT Causes Sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis arises from a mix of factors, including but not limited to:

• Bacteria
• Infections
• Allergies
• Inflammation of the nasal lining

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WHAT are Symptoms of Sinusitis?

Sinusitis presents with various symptoms, making it crucial to consult an ENT doctor for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. Symptoms may include:

• Facial pain and/or pressure around the eyes, nose, jaw, and teeth
• Fatigue due to poor sleep from nightly pain and congestion
• Low-grade fever
• Frequent stuffy nose due to swollen nasal passages
• Blocked nasal passageways
• Decreased sense of smell and taste
• Headaches
• Postnasal drip, or mucus trickling from the back of the nose into the throat
• Nasal discharge, or green/yellow/cloudy mucus draining from the nose

WHAT are the Different Types of Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is categorized into three main types: acute, chronic, and recurrent. While they share similar symptoms, these types differ in duration and frequency.

  • Acute Sinusitis: This short-term inflammation of the sinuses lasts less than four weeks, and is often caused by a common cold or bacterial infection.
    - Subacute Sinusitis: When sinusitis persists for over six weeks and then symptoms improve, it is considered subacute.
  • Chronic Sinusitis: This long-lasting inflammation of the sinuses persists for 12 weeks or more despite treatment.
  • Recurrent Sinusitis: This involves four or more infections within a calendar year, with relief in between episodes, but infections continue to recur.

WHAT are Sinusitis Treatment Options?

As a sinusitis patient, you have a range of treatment options, from over-the-counter medications to surgical procedures. Our trusted physicians will work with you to determine the best course of action based on your symptoms and the root cause of your persistent infections.

  • Medication: Depending on your symptoms, their severity, and duration, our doctors may recommend medications to alleviate your discomfort, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter remedies, and home treatments
  • Balloon Sinuplasty: This minimally invasive, office-based procedure addresses drainage issues by targeting your nasal anatomy. During the procedure, a gentle balloon inflation enlarges your natural sinus openings, enhancing drainage.
  • Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: For some patients, this surgical procedure is necessary to enhance sinus drainage and overall function by correcting nasal anatomy, facilitating the natural flow of mucus. Balloon sinuplasty can also be combined with FESS when necessary
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At ENT & Allergy of New Orleans, our skilled team excels in diagnosing sinusitis and designing individualized treatment plans for every patient. We prioritize listening carefully, conducting thorough evaluations, and providing tailored solutions to effectively address your specific sinus concerns. Don’t suffer in silence any longer – schedule an appointment today and take control of your health!

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ENT & Allergy of New Orleans is located in greater New Orleans, Drs. Fatakia, Irwin, Pippin, Qayum, and Shah provide the latest in surgical and medical treatment to meet your NOLA ENT needs.

Address: 1151 Barataria Blvd Suite 3100, Marrero, LA 70072

We also provide ENT services in Chalmette, Harvey, Metairie & Hammond locations.

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