Sinus Pain and Sinusitis: What is it?
Sinusitis affects 37 million people each year, making it one of the most common health problems in the U.S. It causes terrible symptoms and can leave you exhausted and missing out on the joys of life. As an ENT specialist, Dr. Leeman has extensive experience treating sinusitis and always looks to the latest and most effective treatment options.
What are the sinuses?
Your sinuses are empty spaces in the face with the primary job of keeping you from getting sick. They keep you from getting sick by producing mucus that traps foreign objects like bacteria, viruses, and fungus. Once trapped, the mucus drains the foreign material out of your sinus cavities.
However, your sinus cavities can become blocked for a variety of reasons. When this happens, airflow and drainage are blocked, and the foreign bodies in your mucus begin to multiply. This increase in bacteria, viruses, or fungus is what causes pain and infection. A sinus infection, also known as sinusitis, can be excruciating and may not heal independently.
Are your sinus pain and sinusitis becoming a chronic issue?
If you are suffering from headaches, stuffy nose, sneezing, and coughing, you may think it is a cold or allergies. However, if your symptoms last for longer than twelve weeks at a time and occur several times a year, you may be suffering from chronic sinusitis.
Chronic sinusitis can occur because of continuous swelling of the sinus cavities or a nasal blockage that makes it difficult for your body to naturally drain mucus. Certain conditions like allergies or nasal blockage can make you more susceptible to chronic infections.
Symptoms to look out for include:
- Facial pressure and pain
- Nasal drainage
Is there a chronic sinusitis treatment?
If you have been suffering from chronic sinus symptoms for a while and don’t think that relief is possible for you, there is good news: sinus pain relief is possible. You no longer have to miss work, school, or hobbies. Dr. Leeman offers several treatment options that can be used by themselves or as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Dr. Leeman will listen to your overall health goals to help you choose the best treatment plan. Some treatment options include sinusitis home remedies, medications, and minimally invasive procedures like Balloon Sinuplasty.
Balloon Sinuplasty: Long-term sinus pain relief
Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive, in-office procedure that gently opens the sinuses so your body’s natural drainage can resume. Balloon Sinuplasty is proven to be a safe and effective treatment for chronic sinus symptoms.
Austin Sinus Care with Dr. Leeman
If you have been suffering from the painful symptoms of chronic sinusitis, it’s time to schedule with Dr. Leeman. He will listen to your personal health goals to make sure you get an effective treatment plan that will work with your lifestyle and schedule.