Sinus Infection Treatment Options
If you have been suffering from sinus infections, then you know how painful they can be. From the headaches to the fatigue, they put a hold on all of life’s joys. The good news is that Dr. Leeman offers a wide variety of sinus infection treatment options that can work with your lifestyle and goals to get you feeling better in no time.
Sinus infection treatment plans to fit your personal needs
Dr. Leeman can develop a treatment plan that is unique to your personal needs. Your treatment may be different based on the underlying cause, frequency, and symptoms associated with your infections. Your personalized treatment plan may include one or more of the following:
Home remedies for sinus infection
If you only suffer from one or two mild sinus infections per year, a natural home remedy may be what you need. However, if you suffer from chronic sinus infections then home remedies may not be enough. Home remedies have one focus, clearing the nasal blockage so mucus can flow naturally, and the body can begin the healing process. This means they will not be able to clear the underlying cause of chronic sinus issues. There are a few different options to consider when treating a sinus infection naturally.
Since our bodies are made up of mostly water, being even a little bit dehydrated can slow the healing process. So, staying hydrated, while not a direct remedy, can help your body heal more effectively.
Use vapor or steam to break up nasal blockages
Using water vapor or steam can be an effective home remedy for breaking up blockages in the sinuses. Taking several deep breaths through the nose while taking a shower, over a bowl or pot of hot water, or over a humidifier can allow for steam to enter the nasal passages. It is important to be careful when handling hot water.
Use a sinus rinse or Neti pot
Using a saline solution can be an effective way to break up sinus blockages. Make sure to use Neti pots and sinus rinses with caution and follow all the instructions closely. If you don’t you could cause a worsened infection or injury.
Medication is an important part of any treatment plan because they help control the most painful part of any infection, the symptoms. However, they will not solve the source of your chronic infections. Some medications that may be used in a treatment plan include:
- Antibiotics - antibiotics are an excellent tool only used to treat bacterial infections
- Decongestants - Decongestants work quickly. They reduce swelling and come in the form of sprays, liquids, and pills. Decongestants are not recommended for long-term use.
- Corticosteroids - Corticosteroids are like decongestants in that they treat swelling but, in some cases, they can be used long-term.
Medications are generally used for short-term treatment so, if you frequently suffer from infections and are looking for long-term relief then the following options may be for you.
Traditional Sinus Surgery
Usually, traditional sinus surgery may be recommended if you are suffering from physical issues in the sinuses. Some issues include a deviated septum, closed passages, and nasal polyps. Traditional sinus surgery involves the removal and cutting of bone and tissue which leads to bleeding and a long recovery time. While traditional sinus surgery is good for people who need it, other minimally invasive options may be recommended.
Balloon Sinuplasty: Modern long-term sinus infection treatment
Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed in the office. Balloon Sinuplasty lets you avoid the pains of surgery while still getting the benefits of a long-term sinus solution. There is no cutting, removal of bone, or long recovery times.
During the procedure, a small balloon is inserted into the blocked nasal passage. It is then inflated, gently opening the sinuses so that the infection can be cleaned out. You will see immediate relief and be able to return to normalcy within 24-48 hours.
Long-Term Sinus Infection Treatment is Possible with Dr. Leeman
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
With traditional sinus surgery, the surgeon removes tissue and bone to make the sinus opening bigger to help clear blocked sinuses and restore proper sinus drainage. Also, recovery after a sinus surgery procedure can often involves carring and pain.
With a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure, the surgeon dilates the sinus openings which can clear up any infection and restore normal drainage. On average, the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure takes around an hour.
Other benefits include:
- No cutting or removal of tissue or bones like traditional sinus surgery
- Less bleeding
- Helps preserve healthy mucus membranes, nasal tissues, and structure
- Lower infection risk than with traditional sinus surgery
- 95% success rate
How Much Does Balloon Sinuplasty Cost?
Choosing Balloon Sinuplasty over traditional sinus surgeries can save you both money and time. You will have minimal time off work, none of the costs associated with surgery in a hospital, no long recovery, and, best of all, Balloon Sinuplasty is covered by most insurances. In fact, in 2014, the American Academy of Otolaryngology issued a statement calling for all medical insurance companies to consider providing coverage for the cost of the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure.
However, some insurance companies continue to make it difficult to qualify for Balloon Sinuplasty. Several consider it to be an elective procedure that should not be covered.
To find out if your policy covers Balloon Sinuplasty, contact your insurance company. It is always a good idea to check with your insurance company to be sure you understand all of your plan's features.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Leeman for my Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
Dr. Leeman is a double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He is also a member of the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. As such, he has been specially trained in the anatomy, physiology, and treatment of diseases of the ear, nose, throat, neck, and head.
With his experience serving the Austin community for nearly 20 years, he has diagnosed and performed many successful procedures to treat these areas of the body, using the most up-to-date techniques—both surgical and non-surgical.
If you have any other questions about what Balloon Sinuplasty could do for you, feel free to schedule an appointment and we would be happy to discuss everything in more detail.