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By Tan Head and Neck Center
May 28, 2019
Category: ENT
Tags: Sinusitis  

Find out the different ways our Long Beach ENT specialists treat acute and chronic sinusitis.

Sinus infections are extremely common, affecting as many as 31 million Americans each year. While anyone can develop a sinus infection it is more common in those with allergies or asthma. If you find yourself dealing with a blocked nose, facial pain and pressure, and frequent headaches then you could very well be dealing with a sinus infection. Find out ways to treat your sinusitis and when to turn to our Long Beach, CA, otolaryngologists Drs. Jesse & Jesus Tan and Dr. Rose Eapen for treatment.

For Acute Sinusitis

Most people will choose to treat their sinus infection on their own before turning to a doctor for help. Many times simple over-the-counter medications like nasal decongestants and antihistamines can provide you with relief; however, if you find that they aren’t helping then it’s time to seek out an ENT doctor in Long Beach, CA, that can give you the answers (and relief) you need.

A sinus infection that is caused by bacteria will require antibiotics to get rid of the infection. An ENT specialist can also provide you with prescription-strength antihistamines and nasal sprays, which can be more effective than over-the-counter medications for treating sinusitis that is not a bacterial infection.

For Chronic Sinusitis

If your sinus infection symptoms last more than 12 weeks and aren’t responding to at-home care then you could be dealing with chronic sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis can be trickier to treat and it will require seeing an otolaryngologist who can figure out what might be causing your infection and, from there, creating a treatment plan that will work for you.

Sometimes strong medications like steroid sprays and oral corticosteroids are prescribed to reduce and prevent inflammation and swelling of the nasal cavity, which can lead to blockages. Steroid nasal sprays can be particularly beneficial to those who suffer from chronic or recurring sinus infections due to nasal polyps.

If allergies are the root cause then you may want to consider immunotherapy or allergy shots, which expose you to the allergen in amounts that slowly increase over time until your body is no longer sensitive to it.

Sometimes surgery is necessary in order to relieve the blockage and drain the sinuses. There are several different types of surgical options available, from traditional sinus surgery to less invasive options like endoscopic surgery and balloon sinuplasty. Your doctor can discuss your surgical treatment options with you.

If you are dealing with sinus problems it’s time to turn to the experts at Tan Head and Neck Center in Long Beach, CA, to get the proper care you deserve. Schedule an evaluation with us today.

By Tan Head and Neck Center
April 09, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: Sinusitis  

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 sinusitiscommon sinusitis symptoms. Long Beach, CA, otolaryngologists Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan discuss sinusitis and explain treatment options.

Sinusitis explained

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
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

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.

By Tan Head and Neck Center
July 15, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: Sinusitis  

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 Sinusitiscan 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
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Nasal discharge
  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • 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
  • Decongestants
  • Antihistamines

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.