Sinus problems aren’t just annoying, they can significantly reduce the quality of your life.  Studies reveal that those with chronic sinus problems actually feel worse than patients with COPD and heart disease. The research also discovered that they feel as bad as someone on kidney dialysis.

Those who deal with chronic sinus problems often have difficulty concentrating at work or enjoying favorite activities.  Almost 13 percent of American adults—roughly 30 million people—are diagnosed with sinusitis every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control

Chronic sinus problems are one of the most common issues our patients face, which is why we’ve established a comprehensive sinus center to provide a multifaceted approach to customized treatment. 

Need Relief from Sinus Problems? Review Our Definitive Guide

We want you to have all the information you need to make educated choices and allow us to be partners in your care. If you have any questions about the following treatments, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us today. 

Home Remedies

Remember that sinus infections may be caused by bacteria or a virus. Antibiotics will not help if you have a viral infection. Virial infections have to “run their course” and typically will clear up within 10 days.

However, if you get better and then get worse, it’s very possible you have a bacterial infection. In this case, you should contact us. Only our experienced ear, nose and throat doctors can make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe antibiotics if they are appropriate.

In the meantime, there are several different home remedies that can help you feel better.

Home Remedies for Sinus Problems

  • Sinus irrigations 

Salt water can remove irritants, reduce swelling, and relieve inflammation.

  • Rest and Hydration

Sometimes, the simplest therapies can make a big difference. Give your body a chance to regain strength, and help your immune system by taking it easy for a while.

  • Probiotics

These sometimes help prevent upper respiratory tract infections.

Medications

There are many effective nasal sprays available over-the-counter, and we’ll be happy to make suggestions. Be aware that there are very specific guidelines for giving allergy medication to children and infants.

Decongestants also help, but be sure that you have no conditions that keep you from using them safely and effectively. 

Allergy Treatment

Chronic allergies can irritate the sinus passages, causing them to swell. When they swell, they can’t drain properly, leading to an infection. In some cases, allergy treatment is an important part of resolving sinus problems. 

If you don’t want to be on allergy medicine all year, immunotherapy may be a good option. Through immunotherapy, your body is gradually exposed to a small amount of the allergen. As the dosage increases over time, your immune system develops a tolerance. 

If the idea of “allergy shots” doesn’t appeal to you, sublingual immunotherapy may be a good option. Through this process, drops of the diluted allergens are held under the tongue.

We can provide you with a comprehensive list of treatment options and discuss the ones that will be most effective for you.

Surgeries for Sinus Problems

Sometimes the root of sinus problems is within the structure of the sinuses themselves, such as a deviated or torn septum. Often, the sinus passages swell, preventing fluid from draining properly. In cases like these, surgery may be appropriate. These surgeries include:

  • Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS), which widens the opening of the sinuses to promote drainage. 

  • Septoplasty, which is a surgery to repair problems with the septum, the part of your nose that divides it into the right and left nostrils. 

  • Balloon Sinuplasty, which is a minimally invasive procedure where a small balloon is inserted into the sinus cavity. It is inflated and then removed, opening the sinus passages to they can drain. 

Interested in more information? Review our previous articles:

The Most Common Sinus Surgeries 

Which Patients Benefit the Most From Balloon Sinuplasty? 

Is Balloon Sinuplasty Right For You?

Four Causes of Chronic Sinus Problems 

Extensive Treatment in Our Sinus Center

With more than 200 years of combined experience, our board-certified surgeons are leaders in providing innovative and extensive services that are tailored to help each individual patient with his or her allergy or sinus treatment.  Our Sinus Center provides the comprehensive care you need to relieve your sinus problems. Schedule an appointment with us today. 


 

Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose, and Throat is the area's premiere physician-owned ENT practice with seven convenient locations throughout Wake County. Our board-certified physicians have extensive experience in treating both common and complex cases to help adults and children alike. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us.


Sources:

Centers for Disease Control. “Sinus Infection.” Online.