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Sinusitis and Chronic Sinusitis Santa Monica, CA

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.

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Brent J. Michael, MD

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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