Dealing with a sinus infection can be annoying, but we offer relief.
Most people will deal with sinus problems at some point during their lifetime. The nasal congestion, facial pressure, and stuffed-up nose may be unpleasant but it will often just go away on its own. Unfortunately, not everyone is as lucky. Sometimes sinus issues don’t go away or are serious enough that you may require proper medical care. We know you may have questions about your sinus problems our Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Fort Pierce, FL, otolaryngologist Dr. Leslie Berghash can provide you with the answers you need.
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal passageways that can even lead to a partial or complete blockage. Since this condition is usually the result of a viral infection, the body can clear the infection on its own throughout a couple of weeks.
There are simple at-home measures you can take to ease symptoms while your body fights the virus. Of course, if you notice that your sinusitis symptoms don’t improve or actually get worse after 48 hours of caring for your symptoms, then it’s a good idea to call our Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Fort Pierce, FL, ENT doctor to find out if you should come into the office for more aggressive treatment.
If you’ve had inflamed, swollen nasal passages for at least 12 weeks despite proper care then our otolaryngologist may diagnose you with chronic sinusitis.
The treatment plan you receive will really depend on the type of sinusitis you have (acute versus chronic) and the type of symptoms you have. Acute sinusitis will go away on its own and can be managed through over-the-counter pain relievers, decongestants, and nasal sprays. If your sinus infection is bacterial then antibiotics will need to be prescribed.
We may also prescribe a strong round of antibiotics if you have chronic sinusitis. If your long-term sinus infection doesn’t improve with these treatment options then you may need to consider balloon sinuplasty or nasal surgery to clear the blockage.
If you are battling chronic or recurring sinusitis, our otolaryngologist Dr. Berghash in Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Fort Pierce, FL, can provide you with the treatment you need. Call South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat today at (772) 398-9911, (772) 464-6055 or (863) 357-7791.