Isn’t it time you finally found relief from your sinusitis symptoms?
While it’s not uncommon for most people to experience a sinus infection during their lifetime, particularly during the colder winter months, it isn’t as common for those symptoms to linger for multiple weeks on end. Our Memphis area otolaryngologist in Collierville and Germantown, TN, Dr. Sri Naidu, understands just how unpleasant and annoying a true chronic sinus infection can be. Here are your treatment options.
Those dealing with chronic sinus infections are just trying to find relief from inflammation and blocked nasal passages. Of course, our goal as your Memphis area ENT doctor is to also treat the underlying cause of your chronic sinusitis. There are several ways we can go about treating your chronic condition, including:
There are several ways this strong medication can be prescribed. It can come in the form of an oral medication or a nasal spray. The purpose of corticosteroids is to reduce inflammation and swelling. This is a great option for someone dealing with severe symptoms or for someone who also has sinus polyps. Since this medication is powerful, it’s only recommended for serious sinus infection cases.
During your evaluation, we will also determine whether the cause of your sinus infection is bacterial or not. If we do find bacteria present or if we aren’t able to tell whether your sinusitis is bacteria in nature, then we may prescribe a round of antibiotics to err on the side of caution.
Most people worry that if they have chronic sinusitis and can’t get the relief they need through medication alone that they will need to undergo surgery. You’ll be happy to hear that there is a non-surgical procedure that can be performed right here in our offices in Collierville and Germantown under local anesthesia.
There is absolutely no incisions or cutting involved in this treatment. Instead, a thin flexible tube (known as an endoscope) that contains a small, deflated balloon at the end is inserted into the nasal passages. The balloon is inflated, which opens up the inflamed nasal walls and the blockage, allowing pus, bacteria and other debris to finally drain. Once the balloon is removed the passages will remain open.
If no other treatment options or medications have been able to treat your sinus problem then we may need to resort to endoscopic sinus surgery to remove excess tissue or nasal polyps, which could be causing the blockage.
If you are losing the battle against your sinus infection symptoms, then turn to the team at Mid-South ENT in the Memphis area in Collierville and Germantown, TN, to get the care and answers you need to breathe easier. Call our office today to schedule your next appointment.
Find out when sinus pain is warning you that there might be another issue that requires your attention.
Sinusitis is actually a pretty common problem. In fact, most people will deal with an acute sinus infection at some point during their lifetime. Of course, this condition is often nothing to write home about; however, there are certain instances in which sinus pain may be warning you of issues that may require treatment from an otolaryngologist. Find out when you should have your sinus pain evaluated by a medical professional from your ENT in the Memphis area at (901) 755-5300.
Not all sinus infections are created equal. Some can be due to a viral infection while others may be bacterial. A lot of the time people can’t tell the difference between the symptoms of a sinus infection and that of a common cold. Fortunately for them the issue will usually go away on its own.
Of course, if you find these sinus issues sticking around for a couple of weeks or getting worse rather than better, it’s time to turn to an Memphis area ENT doctor who can get down to the bottom of these issues. Sinus infections lasting 12 weeks or more are considered chronic and will require medical care.
While more rare, it is possible for a sinus infection to develop some rather serious complications. By getting antibiotics from an ear, nose and throat doctor when necessary you can avoid these issues altogether.
One complication of a sinus infection is if it travels to the eyes. This can lead to redness and swelling around the eyes as well as blurry vision. If you have been experiencing signs of a sinus infection along with any eye symptoms it’s important that you seek treatment right away. Another rare complication is if the sinus infection spreads to the brain, which can lead to an abscess or meningitis.
Again, these situations are very unlikely to occur, but it’s important to be aware of these symptoms in case it should happen. Monitoring your symptoms is the best way to determine whether it’s time to see a medical professional.
Don’t let sinus pain make you feel miserable. Nip your discomfort in the bud and turn to your ENT specialist in the Memphis area at Mid-South ENT who will be able to create a treatment plan that will finally provide you with the much-needed relief you’ve been looking for.
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