Treatments for Sinus Problems

By San Antonio Voice and ENT Institute, PLLC
November 07, 2018
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Sinus Problems  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 27 million American adults struggle with sinus-related problems, thesinus problems most common of which are sinus infections.  Dr. Aayesha Khan at the San Antonio Voice and ENT Institute offers treatments for sinus problems and can diagnose and treat your specific cause of sinus problems as well as discuss how to avoid complications in the future.

What Causes Sinus Problems?
The sinuses are pockets filled with air inside the skull. There are usually four sets of sinuses, the maxillary, ethmoid, frontal and sphenoid sinuses and each opens and drains into the nose. Sinusitis is inflammation of the lining of the sinuses and this can occur due to various causes such as allergies, viral, bacterial or fungal infections, polyps and sometimes cancerous or non-cancerous masses. Some medical conditions such as cystic fibrosis can also cause frequent sInusitis. When there is inflammation or infection of the sinuses, it can result in increased drainage as the sinuses try and clear themselves. Sometimes the inflammation can be so severe that the openings can get blocked resulting in headaches, pressure between or behind the eyes, facial pain or even difficulty in breathing. Acute sInusitis can also manifest as fever. Chronic sinusitis is known to adversely affect the quality of life and functionality. 

Sinus Treatments
If you’re battling acute or chronic sinus problems, seek help from Dr. Khan. Depending on your specific problem, you may need medical, surgical or a combination of treatments.

Some of these include:
- Antibiotic therapy
- Treatment for allergies
- Sinus rinses
- Endoscopic sinus surgery

Avoiding Sinusitis Infections
Keep your environmental allergies under control by decreasing contact with your allergens, whether it be pollen, cedar, dust or pets. 

Stay hydrated. 

Be mindful that smoking contributes to sinusitis so try to avoid both first and second hand smoke. 

Get Help with Your Sinus Problems
Your sinus problems may be chronic and you may have just gotten used to the symptoms. Remember, there is treatment available and you do not have to have to suffer. Call (210) 957-1115 today to schedule an exam with Dr. Aayesha Khan.