What You Need to Know About Sinus Infections
If you suffer from a sinus infection (Sinusitis), then you can certainly attest to just how uncomfortable they can be. Sinusitis is an inflammation, or swelling, of the tissue lining the sinuses and it is estimated that 37 million Americans suffer from at least one episode of sinusitis each year.
Sinuses are filled with air, but when sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid, germs and/or bacteria form which result in infection. Conditions that can cause sinus blockage include:
- The common cold
- Allergic rhinitis
- Nasal polyps
- Deviated septum
In children, common factors that contribute to sinus infections include:
- Illness from other children (usually past on at day care or school)
- Bottle drinking while lying on one’s back
- Smoke in the environment
Effects of a Sinusitis
Those who suffer from Sinusitis find themselves at the mercy of all ailments synonymous with nasal blockage. These may include:
- Facial pressure
- Nasal stuffiness
- Nasal discharge
- Loss of smell
Symptoms of sinusitis include thick nasal discharge, facial pain or pressure, fever, and reduced sense of smell. Depending on how long these symptoms last, sinusitis is classified as acute, sub acute, chronic, or recurrent. Viruses are the most common cause of acute sinusitis, but bacteria are responsible for most of the serious cases.
Sinus Infection Treatments for Houston Residents
There are various methods in which to address a sinus infection and depending of the degree of one’s infection it may be necessary to take more aggressive actions. Understanding the importance of proper treatment is the key therefore, enlisting the right care is pivotal.
At Houston Sinus & Allergy, we offer state-of-the-art sinus treatments and will determine what course of action to take to provide relief from your Sinusitis. Dr. Nguyen is a Board Certified ENT who specializes in the areas of the ear, nose and throat and has over a decade of experience in helping patients live more comfortably by identifying causes and providing effective solutions. If you suffer from a sinus infection, get in touch with us today to book an assessment.