Sinusitis is a very common condition that can cause a variety of troubling symptoms that extend beyond your sinuses and nose. Many people try to treat themselves, but these over-the-counter remedies typically don’t help and often cause unwanted side effects.
Instead of wasting time and money trying to diagnose and treat yourself, it may be more beneficial to see a sinus specialist. He or she can accurately diagnose your condition – as well as identifying any underlying causes of your sinusitis – and provide effective treatment. Seeing a sinus specialist can often offer quicker relief than trying one over-the-counter remedy after another, hoping that your symptoms improve. In fact, these treatments can sometimes make your sinus issues worse by creating a rebound effect in which symptoms reoccur.
In this blog, the sinus specialists at DFW Sinus Select will explain more about sinusitis (sinus infection) and provide an overview of what you should look for when looking for the best sinus expert in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
What is a sinus infection?
Sinusitis occurs when your body reacts to an infection, and the lining of your sinuses become inflamed and swollen. This blocks the small opening into the nasal passages that normally allows mucus to flow unnoticed down the back of your throat, where it mixes with saliva and empties harmlessly into your stomach.
The inflammation causes mucus to build up and cause troublesome symptoms.
Sinus infections can be infectious (caused by a virus, which you can spread) or non-infectious (caused by bacteria and can’t be spread).
What are the symptoms of sinus infections?
Symptoms caused by sinusitis can linger for a long time, making you uncomfortable for days on end. They can occur around your sinuses and face, but they can also affect your overall well-being.
Common sinus infection symptoms include the following:
- Facial pressure or pain
- A feeling of congestion or fullness
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- A yellow or green nasal discharge
- Tooth pain
- Partial loss of sense of smell and/or taste
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
What are the treatment options for a sinus infection?
Conservative treatment options such as medicines and home treatments (such as applying moist heat to your face) are often the first treatments used.
The goal of sinus treatments is to:
- Reduce swelling in the sinuses to allow mucus to drain normally
- Relieve pain and pressure
- Clear up any infection that’s causing inflammation
- Prevent scar tissue from forming to avoid permanent damage to the tissues lining the nose and sinuses
If you’ve taken antibiotics for an extended period of time and your symptoms still remain, surgery may be necessary. In these cases, sinusitis may be caused by other issues that won’t be helped by antibiotics but instead need surgery.
What are the surgical treatments for sinusitis?
DFW’s board-certified otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat specialists) offer the following surgical treatments for sinusitis:
Where can I find the best sinus specialist in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?
DFW Sinus Select is a practice that specializes in the care, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders related to the nose and sinuses, including sinusitis. We combine the highest level of state-of-the-art specialty medical care with a personalized, compassionate approach in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
At DFW Sinus Select, we offer the complete spectrum of diagnostics and the latest, most effective minimally invasive treatment for the nose, sinuses, and allergies.
We’re a regional leader in providing the cutting-edge Balloon Sinuplasty procedure, a minimally invasive alternative that effectively treats cases of chronic sinusitis in just one office visit.
Get the relief you deserve by scheduling an appointment with a DFW Sinus Select sinus specialist today.