Entellus Medical

Searching for sinus cures

02/02/2015 by Entellus Staff

Sinusitis can cause congestion, nasal discharge, fever, headaches, sore throat and fatigue. If you've been suffering with these symptoms and the treatments that you've tried have not provided relief, you may feel that sinus removal is the only cure for sinusitis.

Luckily, no one needs to endure an operation as dangerous and scarring as sinus removal would be. There may not be a magic cure for sinusitis, but there are effective treatment options that are based on the type of sinusitis you are suffering from.

Medication therapy

If you've been suffering with the symptoms of sinusitis for more than 10 days, you should see a doctor. If over the counter decongestants have not provided sinus relief, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat any bacterial infection caused by mucus trapped in the sinuses. The doctor may also suggest nasal steroids to reduce swelling in the nasal passages, or nasal irrigation to thin mucus and allow drainage.

 

Medication typically used to treat acute sinusitis:

  • Decongestants to reduce swelling in the sinuses
  • Mucolytics to reduce thickened nasal secretions
  • Antibiotics to fight bacterial infection
  • Nasal or systemic steroids to reduce inflammation
  • Saline irrigation (saline mist or neti pot) to thin mucus and soothe nasal passages

When medication provides only temporary relief

If you've tried medication therapy and still suffer from sinusitis, you may be diagnosed with chronic sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis is characterized by swelling of the sinus and nasal pathways that prevents normal sinus drainage for more than 12 weeks. This swelling and restricted drainage leads to infection and pain.

Ongoing pain and failed attempts at a cure for sinusitis can greatly affect your quality of life. Your work and social life may suffer as chronic sinus infection worsens and fatigue sets in. If you have chronic sinusitis, you may be a candidate for balloon sinus surgery, a safe and comfortable procedure to widen the drainage pathways and provide lasting sinus relief.

A lasting solution

Balloon sinus dilation surgery can be performed in the comfort of your doctor's office with the use of local anesthesia. Because general anesthesia is unnecessary, you can drive yourself to and from your appointment.

During the procedure, a small balloon is used to gently reshape the sinus pathways and restore drainage. Relief is immediate and long-lasting. Recovery is short, with most people returning to normal activities within 24 hours.

Find a doctor in your area who performs balloon sinus surgery to discover whether it may be the answer to your sinus problems.