What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis is a common condition that affects over 37 million people each year, causing pain, pressure and congestion in the forehead, nose, cheek and eye area. Over 17 percent of women and 10 percent of men in the US are affected by sinus problems. These problems can be temporary and develop as the result of a cold, or may be long-lasting and exist for months with no relief from the troubling symptoms.
The inflammation of the sinuses interferes with the way mucus normally drains, which makes you feel "stuffed up". It can even cause the area under your eyes to swell.
Sinusitis is considered chronic when your sinuses are inflamed or swollen for three months or more and do not respond to treatment.
What causes sinusitis?
Chronic sinusitis can be caused by chronic allergies, an infection, growths in the sinuses (nasal polyps) or swelling of the lining of your sinuses.
Is there anything else that can help?
Since many people do not respond to medication for sinusitis symptoms, a stronger treatment method is sometimes recommended. Sinus surgery is a traditional treatment option that clears blocked sinuses by placing an endoscopic instrument in the nose to examine the area and remove bone and tissue to enlarge it.
While sinus surgery is a viable option for some patients, a balloon sinuplasty may be a better option for others. Click here to learn more.