Sinusitis is an infection of the sinus cavities usually caused by bacteria. The condition often develops after the sinus passages have become blocked or inflamed and cannot drain properly. For some patients, sinusitis can become a chronic problem when there are repeated sinus infections or infection persists for at least three months. In Long Beach, CA, sinusitis is treated at Tan Head and Neck Center, where Dr. Jesse Tan, Dr. Jesus Tan, or Dr. Rose Eapen can help you achieve relief from chronic sinus infections.
Symptoms of Sinusitis
Sinusitis can develop when the sinus passages are inflamed and cannot drain properly. As a result, several symptoms can develop. Symptoms of sinusitis can include:
- Nasal congestion
- Nasal discharge
- Facial pain or pressure
- Pain in upper teeth
- Bad breath
Causes of Sinusitis
Sinusitis is usually the result of a bacterial infection that develops when the sinus passages are unable to drain properly due to inflammation or a blockage. Common causes of blocked sinus pathways include allergies, environmental pollutants, or a cold. Having nasal polyps or a deviated septum can also lead to blocked sinuses and the development of sinusitis.
Treatment and Prevention of Sinusitis
Several options are available for treating chronic sinusitis at our Long Beach CA, office. Our ear, nose, and throat specialists can develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your symptoms and needs. Sinusitis treatments include:
- Nasal spray
- Antibiotic therapy
- Sinus surgery
- Functional endoscopic sinus surgery
There are also several steps patients can take to prevent sinusitis from developing in the first place. Implementing these tips when dealing with allergies or a cold is especially beneficial since sinusitis is more likely to occur afterward. Tips for preventing sinusitis include:
- Using an oral or a nasal spray decongestant
- Drinking lots of fluids so nasal discharge remains thin
- Blocking one nostril while gently blowing through the other one
- Avoiding air travel or using a nasal spray decongestant prior to take-off
- Avoiding allergy triggers or using an antihistamine to control allergy attacks
You don’t have to struggle with chronic sinusitis. Various treatments are available to help you achieve lasting relief. For the treatment of sinusitis in Long Beach, CA, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jesse Tan, Dr. Jesus Tan, or Dr. Eapen by calling Tan Head and Neck Center at (562) 988-8818.