One thing to know about your sinuses is that they are susceptible to becoming infected. Sinus infections are commonly viral, but can also be bacterial. Whether due to a virus or bacteria, a sinus infection can leave you feeling less than your best. Dr. John Dishuck, the experienced doctor at Allergy & Asthma Center of Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa, AL, treats sinus infections and can help you enjoy clearer sinuses.
When the sinus passages are infected by a virus or bacteria, the lining of the sinuses often becomes swollen. The inflammation results in the passageways being blocked so that the sinuses cannot properly drain, causing mucus to build up. In addition to the swelling, inflammation, and mucus build-up, other possible symptoms of sinus infections include:
- Nasal congestion
- Sinus pressure
- Facial swelling, pain, or pressure
- Tenderness around the eyes, nose, and cheeks
- Pain or pressure around the forehead or back of the head
- Runny nose and postnasal drip
- A diminished sense of smell
- Throat irritation or cough
Treatments for Sinus Infections
Several options are available for treating sinus infections. Based on the type and severity of symptoms, the doctor will recommend specific treatment methods. Some ways we can treat sinus infections at our Tuscaloosa, AL, office include:
- Nasal saline rinse
- Nasal corticosteroid spray
- Antibiotics for bacterial infections
- Oral antihistamine medication
- Decongestant medication
- Oral steroids
Some steps that can be taken at home to reduce sinus symptoms include placing a warm compress over the nose and forehead, which helps alleviate sinus pressure. Breathing in the steam from a hot shower is also beneficial as it helps to open up the sinus pathways.
For patients dealing with chronic sinus infections or other sinus problems, sinus surgery might be recommended. Two surgical procedures commonly performed on the sinuses include balloon sinuplasty and endoscopic sinus surgery.
The goal of balloon sinuplasty is to open up the sinus passages. The procedure is performed using a balloon catheter. The balloon is inflated inside the sinuses, which are then flushed out with a saline solution to rinse away mucus build up. Endoscopic sinus surgery is used to remove obstructions, such as nasal polyps, that might be blocking the sinuses. Both procedures are minimally invasive and do not involve any incisions.
Whether you have an acute sinus infection or are struggling with chronic infections, we can help. For sinus treatment in Tuscaloosa, AL, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dishuck by calling Allergy & Asthma Center of Tuscaloosa at (205) 553-2252.