When you have sinusitis, you probably have a stuffy nose and thick, yellowish mucus. And it’s not just your nose that can be affected – you may also have a list of other bothersome symptoms and feel tired and achy. And just when you think you’ve gotten better, your symptoms can return again and again.
Recurrent sinusitis is characterized by several cases – often three or more – of sinusitis that occur within a year.
What are the signs of recurrent sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining that prevents mucus from draining efficiently through the nose. As the mucus builds up, it can lead to some very uncomfortable symptoms. As mention earlier, recurrent sinusitis is characterized by several cases of sinusitis occurring within a year.
Sinusitis symptoms can include:
- Facial pain
- Tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose, and forehead
- Sinus pressure or congestion
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Reduced sense of smell or taste
- Sinus headache
- Yellow or green mucus from the nose
- Teeth pain
- Sore throat from nasal discharge
- Bad breath
Can recurrent sinusitis be prevented?
There are no methods that have been scientifically proven to prevent recurrent sinusitis.
The follow tips and remedies can be recommended for relief from recurrent sinusitis:
- Use saline sprays or wash frequently to help keep your nose as moist as possible, remove thick mucus, and allow your sinuses to drain better.
- Strive for an indoor environment that’s not too dry and not too humid.
- Avoid exposure to potential irritants such as cigarette and cigar smoke.
- Avoid items that give off fumes that can worsen your sinus problems such as cleaning products and hairspray.
- Avoid long periods of time in swimming pools that are treated with chlorine, which can irritate your nose and sinuses.
- Avoid water diving, which forces water into the sinuses.
In addition, if you’re already experiencing sinusitis symptoms, the following may provide some relief:
- If you need to blow your nose, make sure you do it gently. Otherwise, you could force mucus back into your sinuses
- Breathe in warm, moist air from a hot shower, bath, or sink filled with hot water.
- Put a warm, damp washcloth on your face for several minutes a few times a day.
What are the treatment options for recurrent sinusitis?
Antibiotics can sometimes help in treating sinusitis that’s caused by bacteria rather than a virus, and corticosteroids can help reduce inflammation. Other medications, such as analgesics, may help reduce pain. If medications aren’t effective enough, then sinus surgery may be necessary.
There are three types of sinus surgery:
Polypectomy – Structural abnormalities such as nasal polyps, which are non-cancerous growths in the lining of your nose or sinuses, can obstruct nasal passages. A polypectomy can be performed to remove the polyps and clear your nasal passages.
Turbinate reduction – Turbinates are spongy, curled structures on the sidewall of the inside of the nose. They can become enlarged and swollen, blocking your airways. Turbinate reduction uses radio frequency energy to shrink the swollen tissues.
Balloon Sinuplasty – This procedure uses a tiny balloon catheter that helps to enlarge and unblock the sinus openings and restore normal drainage.
Where can I find treatment for my recurrent sinusitis?
At DFW Sinus Select, we provide state-of-the-art specialty medical care in a personalized, compassionate manner. Each of our physicians is board-certified and is dedicated to helping patients find effective, minimally invasive relief from sinus and nasal disorders.
If you’re suffering from recurrent sinusitis, contact one of our numerous convenient Dallas/Fort Worth area offices. We’ll diagnose the cause of your sinusitis and develop a customized treatment plan to effectively treat it.
Schedule an appointment today to take the first step toward finding relief.