Nasal stuffiness, facial pressure and pain, sore throat, tooth pain.
Relief is on the way
Many patients find themselves in a vicious cycle of getting sick with a “cold”, getting treated with antibiotics, only to find that they feels sick again with days or weeks after treatment. Often patients describe feeling “run down” or having no energy even when they don’t feel sick. Very frequently patients describe never feeling “100%”. If this describes you, you may very well be suffering from what is known as chronic sinusitis.
Medically speaking, sinusitis is a condition that refers to an inflammation of the lining within the paranasal sinuses. Sinusitis can be classified by location:
- maxillary, which causes pain or pressure in the cheek area;
- frontal, which causes pain or pressure above and behind the eyes;
- ethmoid, which causes pain or pressure between or behind the eyes; and
- sphenoid, which causes pain or pressure behind the eyes.
With chronic sinusitis, the membranes of both the paranasal sinuses and the nose are thickened because they are constantly inflamed, possibly due to allergies, nasal polyps or asthma.
Sinusitis can be treated through courses of antibiotics, decongestants, saline sprays or in severe chronic cases, oral steroids. When medical therapy fails, surgery may be an alternative. The goal of the surgery is to improve sinus drainage and reduce blockage. The surgeon will enlarge the opening of the sinuses, remove any polyps and correct any defects that contribute to the nasal obstruction.