Sinus Infection Treatment and Balloon Sinuplasty
Chronic sinus infections are incredibly common for Americans. There are plenty of over-the-counter remedies, but most patients report that they frequently fail to alleviate symptoms, leading to increased frustration. Some people cannot attain a decent night’s sleep due to their nasal congestion, sinus pain, headaches, and other debilitating symptoms. If you suffer from these chronic issues, schedule an appointment with SoCal Breathe Free Sinus Allergy Center. We provide comprehensive sinus pain relief and other treatments for patients throughout Burbank, CA. Learn more about these chronic issues and how we can help! When you’re ready, contact us to schedule your appointment for an assessment and diagnosis.
Best Treatments for Sinus Infections
Balloon sinus dilation is a minimally invasive office procedure performed under local anesthesia that delivers immediate and long-lasting relief.1 Dr. Hershcovitch and the team at SoCal Breathe Free will reshape your sinus pathways by inflating a tiny balloon in crucial places in the nose and sinuses, restoring drainage. This treatment identifies and treats the cause of your symptoms rather than simply dealing with the constant pain and discomfort.
The process works by locating the treatment area using a specialized endoscope. We then place a catheter with a very small balloon on the end. The balloon is gently inflated to expand and dilate the sinus passageways. The balloon is then deflated and removed. The passages stay open to restore normal sinus drainage. The entire process only takes about an hour and patients will be thrilled to experience immediate relief. Patients resume normal activities within 24 and 48 hours.
Home Remedies & Medication
Many patients suffering from sinus infections require yearly medication, using neti pots, and decongestants to manage symptoms. While these home remedies can help alleviate symptoms temporarily, they, unfortunately, become part of daily routines and fail to erase the underlying issues.
Types of Sinusitis
Before we begin treatment for your sinus pain, we need to properly diagnose what type of sinusitis you have. This can be achieved by distinguishing allergies, colds, and other viral infections based on the frequency of symptoms, severity, and how long symptoms last.
Acute sinus infections are the most common type. They stem from colds, fungi, allergies, bacterial infections, and more. Symptoms are mild to moderate, with nasal swelling and congestion being the most popular. You may also have constant nasal discharge, facial pain, chronic bad breath, and headaches. Usually, acute sinus infections last anywhere from a few days to four weeks, occurring suddenly and randomly throughout the year. Most people deal with acute infections by taking over-the-counter medication, personal at-home remedies, and antibiotics.
Similar to other infections, recurrent infections consistently return for the patient. This infection can redevelop more than four times throughout the year. If you have recurrent sinusitis, there may be underlying health conditions or structural problems to address in your nasal cavity.
Subacute infections are the result of nasal and sinus inflammation and congestion. These infections can last up to eight or even ten weeks. The symptoms can increase and decrease in severity but are usually nearly debilitating, causing severe pain, discomfort, and misery. Subacute infections can also become chronic.
Chronic sinusitis is concurrent, ongoing inflammation and infection. Symptoms can persist and flare up over several days to months. They become dormant until triggered to active, where they can last up to eight weeks or sometimes longer. Many patients report that antibiotics, sprays, home remedies, and other traditional medications and rinses do not help alleviate symptoms. In chronic sinusitis, we may need to combine surgical intervention with medical management to treat long-term symptoms.
Contact Us Today
The team of professionals at SoCal Breathe Free has the expertise to ensure that you get the best care possible. In addition, they can evaluate your symptoms and tell whether or not you qualify for Balloon Sinuplasty. Schedule an appointment online! We’re located in Burbank, CA, and are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.