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It's difficult to function when your nose is stuffed up, your sinuses hurt, and all you want to do is sleep. Fortunately, there's help for these common sinusitis symptoms. Long Beach, CA, otolaryngologists Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan discuss sinusitis and explain treatment options.
Sinusitis occurs when your nasal passages become inflamed. Inflammation can occur due to allergies, or a virus, fungal or bacterial infection.
Your sinuses are filled with air and covered by a thin layer of mucus that catches germs, dust and dirt particles. Normally, small hair-like projections in your sinuses called cilia constantly push mucus into your throat. Once the mucus finds its way to your throat, it's swallowed and eliminated by your digestive system. When you have an infection or an allergy, your nasal tissues swell, preventing mucus from leaving your sinuses. Eventually, they become inflamed, and you begin to experience the symptoms of sinusitis.
Sinusitis causes a variety of unpleasant symptoms
If you have sinusitis, you may develop:
- Nasal congestion
- Post-nasal drip
- Pain and pressure around your eyes and in your cheeks, ears, and forehead
- A headache
- A clogged feeling in your ears
- Neck pain
- Thick yellow or green nasal secretions
- A cough
How is sinusitis treated?
In many cases, sinusitis goes away on its own. Until it does, you can relieve your symptoms by taking over-the-counter decongestants and rinsing your nasal passages with saline solution, a Neti pot or other sinus irrigation system.
If your symptoms don't improve, schedule an appointment with our Long Beach office. Depending on the cause of your symptoms, we may prescribe medications that reduce congestion and swelling and decrease mucus congestion. Although antibiotics will be ineffective if your sinusitis symptoms are caused by allergies or a virus, they may be needed if you have a bacterial infection. Surgery usually isn't needed to treat sinusitis, but it may be an option if you develop chronic sinusitis due to a deviated septum, bone spur or polyp.
Don't let sinusitis symptoms take over your life. Call Long Beach, CA, otolaryngologists Drs. Jesse and Jesus Tan at (562) 988-8818 to schedule an appointment.
Not sure if your symptoms could be due to sinusitis? Find out now!
At some point in most people’s lives, they will deal with the annoying symptoms of sinusitis. While most of the time it isn’t a big deal and can easily be treated, there are some for whom sinusitis is a chronic condition. Find out if what you are dealing with is sinusitis and how our Long Beach ENT doctors Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan can help.
What is sinusitis?
Simply put, this condition is an inflammation of the sinuses. Sinusitis is usually caused by a bacterial infection; however, fungal infections can also be to blame. An acute bout of sinusitis can last anywhere from three to eight weeks, while those with chronic sinusitis experience symptoms for more than eight weeks.
What are the symptoms?
It’s easy for people with sinusitis to think they just have a cold since many of the symptoms are the same. Symptoms include:
- Nasal congestion
- Postnasal drip
- Nasal discharge
- Facial pain and pressure
- Bad breath (halitosis)
How is sinusitis diagnosed?
In order to properly diagnose this condition, you will need to see your Long Beach ear, nose & throat doctors. Through a thorough examination of the nose and sinuses, we can check for inflammation, discharge and other symptoms that could be a warning sign of sinusitis. It’s also important for us to determine the cause of your sinusitis (fungal or bacterial),lo so we know the most effective way to treat it.
What are my treatment options?
There are several ways we may treat your condition including,
- Antibiotics (the most common treatment for bacterial sinusitis)
- Nasal sprays
- Corticosteroid sprays
Don’t just suffer through coughing and other unpleasant nasal symptoms. Breathe a bit easier when you come into our Long Beach ear, nose & throat clinic for care. Don’t let sinusitis get the better of you. Schedule your next appointment with Tan Head & Neck Clinic today.