Sinusitis is an inflammation or swelling of the sinus lining and drainage pathways, which can lead to poor or blocked sinus drainage. Symptoms of sinusitis include headache, nasal stuffiness and discharge, sore throat from postnasal drip, fever, cough, and fatigue.
Many sinusitis sufferers first turn to a mix of over-the-counter medications such as decongestants and mucolytics to combat their sinusitis symptoms. Sinusitis sufferers are also encouraged to use nasal irrigation to flush pollutants from the sinuses and thin mucus. If symptoms continue or worsen, a doctor may prescribe steroids and antibiotics for sinus infection.
Antibiotics for Sinus Infection
The swelling associated with sinusitis can cause drainage pathways within the sinuses to become narrowed or blocked. Blocked sinuses result in poor drainage, stagnation, and infection. When this occurs, doctors will often prescribe antibiotics for sinus infection.
Antibiotics for sinus infection are generally well tolerated but may cause side effects such as upset stomach, mild to severe diarrhea, and unpleasant taste in the mouth. For most patients, these side effects are not severe enough to stop them from completing the prescribed dose. When taken as directed, antibiotics for sinus infection often provide relief within a few days.
Steroids for Sinus Infection
Doctors may also prescribe steroids for sinusitis to help reduce the swelling of the sinus lining and restore drainage. Nasal or systemic steroids can be used to treat acute sinusitis. Like all medications, steroids carry a risk of side effects. Nasal steroids may cause nasal dryness or nosebleeds. Systemic steroids for sinus infection have more significant side effects and are usually only prescribed when other medications have failed.
"I returned to normal in less than 24 hours after the procedure."
Balloon Sinus Dilation for Lasting Sinus Relief
Sometimes repeated courses of antibiotics for sinus infection have been prescribed and sinus relief has only been temporarily or partially achieved. In these cases, a new treatment called balloon sinus dilation may be the answer.
Balloon sinus dilation uses a small balloon to gently reshape the anatomy of the sinuses and expand drainage pathways. The procedure is comfortable and can be done in a doctor's office with the use of local anesthesia.i Relief is immediate and recovery time is only 1 to 2 days.ii Best of all, balloon sinus dilation provides sinus relief that lasts and can break the cycle of medication often associated with recurrent or chronic sinusitis. ii,iii
To find out more about balloon sinus dilation, find a doctor in your area who performs this convenient and effective procedure.
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- Stankiewicz J, Truitt T, Atkins J, Winegar B, Cink P, Raviv J, Henderson D, Tami T. Two-year results: transantral balloon dilation of the ethmoid infundibulum. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2012 May; 2(3): 199-206.
- Stankiewicz J, Tami T, Truitt T, Atkins J, Liepert D, Winegar B. Transantral, endoscopically guided balloon dilatation of the ostiomeatal complex for chronic rhinosinusitis under local anesthesia. Am J Of Rhinology. 2009 May-June; 321-327.