Chronic inflammation and swelling of your nasal passages may indicate sinusitis. At the otolaryngology practice of James C. Yee, MD, in Folsom and Carmichael, California, Dr. Yee provides an evaluation of your condition and expert treatment if you suffer from recurrent cases of sinusitis. Call one of the locations or schedule online if you’re suffering from prolonged sinus infections.
Sinusitis describes a sinus infection, which may be acute (lasting just a few weeks) or chronic (lasting 12 weeks or longer). People may also develop chronic sinusitis, experiencing infections several times per year.
As many as 35 million people in the United States develop sinusitis each year. You’re most vulnerable if you have the following:
Children can also develop chronic sinusitis due to allergies, pacifier use, bottle drinking while lying on their back, or exposure to environmental smoke.
If you have the following symptoms for 12 weeks or longer, suspect chronic sinusitis:
With time, sinusitis can cause headaches, tooth pain, and bad breath. You’ll likely feel run down and tired.
Dr. Yee offers conservative treatments such as medications, lifestyle changes, and drainage procedures to help resolve sinusitis. These include warm compresses on the nose and sinuses or saline nose drops. Steroids and antibiotics can help even in chronic cases. But if you don’t respond to these conservative measures, he may recommend more in-depth procedures including surgery and balloon sinuplasty.
You might be a candidate for sinus surgery if you have chronically swollen tissue, nasal polyps, tumors, or thin portions of bone blocking your sinuses and nasal passages. Dr. Yee may use image-guided sinus surgery to remove tissue or polyps blocking your nasal passages and facilitate better sinus drainage.
Balloon sinuplasty is a nonsurgical treatment during which Dr. Yee inserts a small, flexible balloon catheter into your nasal passageways to open them up and allow for better mucus drainage.
Because the balloon widens the cavity space, Dr. Yee can then rinse out excess pus and mucus to clear out the infection. Plus, the wider, reconstructed sinuses allow for better fluid flow and less risk of infection.
If you’re suffering from sinusitis, call James C. Yee, MD, or schedule an appointment online using this website.