Sinusitis may seem like a common cold at first, but then the congestion and aching sinus pressure never seem to go away. That's when you need expert care from the physicians at Massachusetts Ear, Nose and Throat Associates. At offices in Chelmsford, Woburn, and Concord, Massachusetts, and Nashua and Derry, New Hampshire, they specialize in comprehensive sinus care, including innovative treatments like balloon sinuplasty that allow the sinusitis to heal and give you long-lasting relief from your symptoms. To get help for sinusitis, book online or call the nearest office today.
Your sinuses are hollow, air-filled cavities in the bones around your nose. Each sinus produces mucus, then the mucus leaves through a small opening and flows into your nose.
You have sinusitis when the mucus-producing membranes become inflamed. As the inflamed tissues block the opening, mucus gets trapped inside the sinus, and an infection develops.
Sinusitis most often begins when a virus, such as the virus from a common cold, invades the sinuses. However, the problem may also begin with allergies or asthma. In some cases, a structural issue blocks the sinus, such as nasal polyps or a deviated septum.
Sinusitis causes the following symptoms:
Acute sinus infections usually clear up within four weeks. However, you can still have inflammation after the infection heals, or you could develop an ongoing bacterial infection. If your symptoms persist 12 weeks or longer, you have chronic sinusitis.
For acute sinusitis due to a virus, you need to let the infection run its course. However, your provider can recommend medications to ease your symptoms and reduce inflammation. You may need antibiotics if a bacterial infection develops.
The initial treatment for chronic sinusitis includes anti-inflammatory nasal sprays and salt-water irrigation. However, chronic sinusitis often needs treatments such as:
If your provider suspects your sinusitis develops from allergies or asthma, they do allergy testing or pulmonary function testing, respectively. Then they create a customized treatment plan.
Should nasal polyps or a deviated septum block the sinus opening, your provider recommends a procedure to treat the problem.
Balloon sinuplasty represents the gold standard for treating chronic sinusitis. Your Massachusetts Ear, Nose and Throat Associates provider performs balloon sinuplasty in the office, guiding a catheter through your nose to the sinus, then inflating a balloon to reopen the sinus.
Your provider uses salt water to clear the sinus and then removes the balloon. The inflated balloon changes the sinus opening structure. As a result, the sinus stays open, normal sinus drainage returns, your symptoms improve, and you get long-lasting results.
If you have persistent congestion or cold-like symptoms, call Massachusetts Ear, Nose and Throat Associates or book an appointment online today.