What is Sinusitis?
Do you have a painful sinus infection? Sinusitis is an inflammation of the lining of the empty spaces in the skull. Located in the forehead, cheekbones and behind the nose, sinuses become infected because of airborne irritants, viruses, bacteria, and structural blockages. At South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat, Dr. Leslie Berghash, Dr. John Lanza and Dr. Camysha Wright expertly perform balloon sinuplasty right in the office or treats less stubborn infections medically.
Reasons for sinus infections
Most sinusitis happens after a cold or flu. In fact, these infections are so common that 31 million adults in the US suffer from them annually, says the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. When they last for more than three months, otolaryngologists consider them chronic. Many times, small benign growths called polyps, block mucus drainage, resulting in infection.
Symptoms of sinusitis
When a sinus sufferer has an infection, he or she knows it. The signs are unmistakable:
- Facial pain and pressure (frontal headache)
- Nasal congestion with green mucus discharge
- Runny nose
- Reddened cheeks
- Bad breath
When you visit South Coast Ear, Nose and Throat, your physician will review your symptoms, do a sinus examination (including an MRI if necessary) and try the least invasive interventions possible to bring relief. Treatments may include:
Over the counter or prescription (steroidal) nasal sprays to relieve inflammation
- Irrigation with saltwater and a Neti pot
- Antihistamines such as Benadryl
If these interventions don't help or if sinusitis recurs frequently (almost back to back), surgical correction may be necessary. Narrowed nasal passages may be opened through an in-office procedure called balloon sinuplasty.
Accomplished in one short visit to South Coast Ear, Nose and Throat, balloon sinuplasty needs only local anesthetic and causes no appreciable downtime. However, it gives people real relief from the troubles blocked, infected and inflamed sinuses cause.
After numbing the sinus passages with a local anesthetic, the doctor introduces a thin, lighted catheter into the nose. Then a balloon attached to the catheter is inflated with a saline solution. This enlarged balloon exerts gentle pressure on specific structures blocking the passageways, making sufficient room for the passage of air and mucous. Then the balloon is deflated and the catheter is withdrawn.
The FDA approved this innovative ENT procedure in 2005. Since then, it has helped thousands feel better, breathe easier and find relief from chronic sinus infections.
Find out more
Dr. Leslie Berghash, Dr. John Lanza and Dr. Camysha Wright are very accomplished in all things sinus, including innovative balloon sinuplasty. An in-office consultation will reveal the details and what kind of treatment your sinusitis may need. We have three offices for your convenience: Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, and Okeechobee.
Are you seeking treatment for your Sinusitis? Contact South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat at one of our many locations; Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, and Okeechobee!