Not sure what the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute actually does? Well, there’s a long list of things that we do, but one thing we treat quite often is chronic sinusitis – otherwise known as multiple sinus infections per year or extended sinus infections.
Sinus infections are hard enough as they are, but imagine having them more than four times a year or for longer periods of time. The headaches, the facial pain, the constant congestion, the post-nasal drip, the thickened mucus – the list goes on and on. For many suffering with chronic sinusitis, it’s debilitating and prevents them from enjoying their lives and completing their daily activities.
What are the symptoms of sinus infections?
- Facial pain
- Sinus pressure
- Sinus headaches
- Discolored mucus
- Post-nasal drip
- Tooth pain
How do you treat chronic sinusitis?
There are several ways the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute treats chronic sinusitis including sinus surgery, antibiotics (for basic sinus infections), and balloon sinuplasty. The last item on the list is a game-changer. What is balloon sinuplasty exactly? Let’s get into it.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
After a proper diagnosis with one of our specialists, treatment options are discussed. One of these options might be the balloon sinuplasty procedure, a non-invasive method of opening up the sinus passages to allow better flow of mucus. I know, that sounds gross, but it’s necessary to ensure relief.
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What are at-home remedies for sinusitis?
There may be reasons you don’t get sinus surgery or the balloon procedure. Maybe you’re scheduled for something but still need relief now. Maybe you just have common sinus infections and want to relieve that pain immediately. Either way, here’s a few things you can do to prevent and treat those symptoms.
- Stop consuming dairy – Milk tends to thicken the mucus, making congestion and post-nasal drip more difficult to deal with.
- Drink more water – Water has the opposite effect of milk by thinning the mucus and making it easier to remove that mucus, not to mention, water’s just generally better for your health.
- Nasal irrigation – At grocery and drug stores you can find bottles that pump water and saline through the nasal passages. This removes excess mucus and relieves pressure from the face. Trust us, it really works. (Note: be sure to use filtered water, not tap).
- Vitamin-C – Anything that helps to improve the immune system is worth consuming, regardless of what you’re dealing with at the time. It’ll help fight future infections.
- Warm cloth – Placing a warm cloth over the eyes can help relieve the pain and the pressure. It’s not a cure-all for the pain, but it helps.
- Steam – Standing over a pot of boiling water or standing in a hot shower and breathing in the steam is great for breaking up that nasty mucus. It’s also known that hot showers just feel good and distract from the pain, even if just for a short while.
So yeah, that’s how the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute treats sinus infections and chronic sinusitis. We’ve got the most innovative technology and conveniently located surgery centers to help you and your loved ones get back to proper health.
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