Sinusitis is among the most common upper respiratory diseases, but you don’t have to live with the discomfort of sinusitis when effective treatment is available from the experienced providers at ENT Specialists of Alaska. The team offers expert diagnosis and solutions for your symptoms. Call the office in Wasilla or Eagle River, Alaska, or one of their partner clinics — Alyeska Center for Facial Plastic Surgery & ENT, or Geneva Woods Ear, Nose & Throat Associates — in Anchorage, Alaska, for help with sinusitis today. You can also book an appointment online.
Sinusitis is a medical condition characterized by inflammation in the tissues that line your sinuses. That inflammation introduces fluid into the sinuses, restricting the amount of air that can enter and creating an environment where bacteria can flourish.
Multiple conditions can lead to sinusitis, including:
Acute sinusitis often begins with common cold symptoms. These symptoms come on suddenly and can last for two to four weeks. Chronic sinusitis can linger for 12 weeks or longer.
As many as 35 million Americans experience sinusitis in any given year. Some of the signs to keep an eye out for include:
If you have chronic sinusitis, your symptoms might also include pus within your nasal cavity, discolored postnasal discharge, or a full or partial nasal obstruction.
If your symptoms don’t clear up after a few days of self-care, or if they interfere with your daily routines, schedule a diagnostic exam at ENT Specialists of Alaska to find relief.
Your treatment plan depends on the severity of your symptoms and your overall health. In some cases, a few days of decongestants and saline nasal washes can ease symptoms. You might also need an antibiotic to help your body clear the infection.
Some cases of sinusitis respond well to steroid medications, which help to lessen inflammation. If you also suffer from allergies, an antihistamine might be part of your treatment plan. For fungal infections, antifungal medications can be a good treatment option.
If you have an immune deficiency, you may need to take immunoglobulin to help your body fight off adverse reactions to various allergens.
If conservative methods don’t help, your provider may recommend septoplasty or turbinate reduction. During septoplasty, they reposition and straighten your septum to allow better air flow through your nose.
Turbinate reduction is a minor procedure that reduces the size of the turbinates to correct nasal obstruction and improve your breathing.
If you or a loved one is suffering from sinusitis symptoms or have been struggling with sinus pain over a long period of time, book an appointment at ENT Specialists of Alaska today. Online scheduling is available, or you can call and speak with a team member.