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Sinus pain and pressure can be downright unpleasant. We can make it better.
At some point in a person’s life, they will experience a sinus infection (also known as sinusitis). You may already know the telltale signs: the nasal congestion, the facial pain and pressure, and the headaches. If you are someone who deals with sinus pain quite frequently you may want to get to the bottom of the problem rather than just treating or masking the symptoms. This is where our Springfield, Northampton, and Mary Lane Hospital, MA, otolaryngologists come in.
The most common cause of long-term sinus pain is chronic sinusitis. While acute sinusitis will clear up in a couple of weeks, it’s truly a chronic sinus infection once your symptoms don’t go away after 12 weeks even with the proper treatments and care.
So, what could be causing this sinusitis-related pain? Well, there are a couple of things that could be going on to cause your chronic sinusitis including:
- Nasal polyps: growths within the nasal tissue that can become so large that they block the sinuses
- Deviated septum: when the cartilage and wall that divides the two nostrils is crooked, which fully or partially blocks one of the nasal passages
- Certain health problems: this can include everything from immune system disorders and cystic fibrosis to HIV
- Respiratory infections: colds and other viruses can cause inflammation within the sinus cavities, which restricts or prevents mucus from draining properly
- Allergies: the most common culprit is hay fever, which can block your nasal passages
When should I see a specialist?
It’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with one of our ENT doctors if you continue to experience multiple sinus infections over the course of a year, if your sinus infection symptoms don’t respond to treatment, if your symptoms last more than a week or if your symptoms aren’t getting better.
What are some treatment options?
There are a variety of medications on the market for treating and managing your chronic sinus symptoms. Common treatments include corticosteroids (oral, nasal, or injectable), antibiotics (for treating bacterial infections) and immunotherapy (for allergy-related sinus problems).
In some cases, a minor procedure such as minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery or Image-guided sinus surgery may be needed to relieve your symptoms.
If you are having trouble getting your sinus problems under control then it might be time you turned to the ENT specialists at Ear Nose & Throat, Surgeons of Western New England. We offer three convenient locations in Northampton, Mary Lane Hospital, and Springfield, MA.