Your nose is stuffed up. You can barely breathe. Your face, head, and even your teeth hurt from the pressure. Mucus irritates your throat and upsets your stomach. You’re sick, tired, and frustrated that you have yet another sinus infection.
Is It Allergies, a Cold, or Chronic Sinusitis?
Not all sinus infections are the same. People often confuse the symptoms of chronic sinusitis with allergy or cold symptoms. Uncovering exactly what kind of sinus infection you have is crucial to getting the correct treatment. If you are all too familiar with nasal congestion, for whatever reason, it is important to see us for a proper diagnosis of the causes behind your nasal congestion so that you can get the right sinus treatment.
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Chronic sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses lasting three months or more. Common causes include bacterial, viral, and/or microbial infections. Structural issues, such as blockage of the sinus opening, can also lead to chronic sinusitis. If the sinus opening is closed, normal mucus drainage may not occur, leading to infection and inflammation.
Sinusitis symptoms include:
- Drainage of a thick, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat
- Nasal obstruction or congestion.
- Tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead.
Sinusitis impacts our patients in South Bend and Granger’s quality of life and accounts for over $8 billion in annual health care expenditures.
Treatment Options for Sinusitis
Typical treatment for sinusitis begins with antibiotics and nasal sprays. However, up to 60 percent of chronic sufferers do not get relief with medication.
Balloon sinuplasty is a new technique in sinus surgery. Instead of removing bone and tissue to enlarge the sinus opening, Dr. Campbell will use balloons to expand sinus passages, relieving pain and pressure.
Balloon sinuplasty is often referred to as angioplasty for the nose because it opens blocked sinuses the same way that balloon angioplasty opens blocked arteries. However, it is a permanent remodeling of tissue. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that restores normal drainage.
How Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?
- A flexible balloon catheter is guided into the inflamed sinus.
- The balloon is slowly inflated, widening the walls of the sinus passage.
- Saline is sprayed into the infected cavity to flush out pus and mucus.
- The balloon is removed, leaving the sinus open.
Balloon sinuplasty is performed with local anesthesia in the office. There is no cutting and little bleeding. Most people get back to their normal activities and work very quickly.
To gain access to the sinus, a guide catheter, then a guidewire, is introduced into the nasal cavity.
Via the guidewire, a sinus balloon catheter is inserted, positioned, and the balloon inflated.
The balloon catheter is then deflated and removed, leaving the sinus passage open.
The catheter is removed, leaving the sinus cleared and allowing the restoration of sinus drainage.
A Stuffy Nose is Nothing to Sneeze At
When you can’t breathe, you can’t sleep. With a sinus headache, you can’t think. Congestion can clog up your ears, making it hard to hear. If you can’t smell, you can’t taste. This is no way to live.
If you have chronic congestion, allergies, sinus infections or nose polyps, the physicians at Campbell ENT will be able to diagnose the core reason behind your suffering and recommend the right treatment for you.
Don’t live with a stuffy nose; call us today for an appointment!