Treatment for Sinusitis and Chronic Sinusitis
Inflammation of the sinuses can be caused by bacteria, viruses and molds. If you have a weak immune system, you are more likely to develop a bacterial or fungal infection in your sinuses. If you have allergies, you may have an allergic fungal sinus infection brought on by mold spores.
Sinus infections is a chronic condition that can be either acute or chronic. Those that are acute last anywhere from three to eight weeks before clearing up. If your infection lasts longer than that, you probably have a chronic sinus problem.
The sinuses are air-filled cavities located behind the forehead, within the bony structures of the cheeks, directly in front of the brain and on either side of the bridge of the nose. Because of their proximity to the brain, it is important to get treatment for sinus infections. Though rare, a sinus infection could spread to the brain if it expands from the sinus into the brain area.
How Dr. Michael treats sinusitis and chronic sinusitis depends on the cause. Sinusitis is most often a result of the common cold caused by a virus. Occasionally a bacterial infection can develop, too. Letting the infection run its course and taking medication for symptoms is the most common treatment unless the infection is accompanied by a persistent fever, lasts longer than ten days or symptoms get worse after improving.
Chronic sinus infections are usually caused by structural defects that contribute to the swelling of the sinus membranes. A deformity of the partition between the two nasal passages, also called a deviated nasal septum, and narrowing of the sinus openings are two common problems. Another is nasal polyps, which are non-cancerous growths that contain mucus.
Other causes of chronic sinus infections include certain medical conditions like asthma, cystic fibrosis, HIV and other immune system-related diseases. Allergies can also cause chronic sinus infections. People who are constantly exposed to pollutants are also at risk.
Managing Sinusitis and Chronic Sinusitis
You can control these health issues by working with your doctor to determine the cause of the problem and following the resulting treatment plan. In some instances, surgery may be necessary to eliminate chronic sinusitis or minimize its effects. Nasal polyps may respond well to corticosteroid nasal sprays. Allergies will need to be identified and monitored. Exposure to allergens will need to be kept to a minimum.
Sinusitis and chronic sinusitis can be uncomfortable and at times painful, but with proper treatment, they can be well managed. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael to discuss your sinus problem and determine the best course of action to provide relief.