Sinus Doctors Little Elm
Sinus Doctors Little Elm
Have you ever suffered a cold or allergy attack that was very tenacious? If so, it was possibly sinusitis. Health experts have estimated 37 million people are plagued with sinusitis annually, making it one of the most common health conditions in America, and even Little Elm. The actual number may be noticeably higher, due to symptoms of bacterial sinusitis mimicking colds or allergies, and many do not seek a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment with an antibiotic.
Contrarily, sinus issues are different from allergy issues. Allergy issues are caused by the body’s immune reaction to a foreign substance, whereas sinus issues are a bacterial infection, and may occur following a respiratory infection such as the common cold. Little Elm residents develop sinus problems or infections like any other city. Sinus problems or Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses. Sinuses are the hollow cavities inside the cheekbones, around your eyes and behind your nose. The infection of the sinus cavity can occur when the mucus is congested from draining normally. People with allergies or asthma have an increased inclination for chronic sinusitis due to the increased chance of allergy inflammation. A week to 10 days is the typical sinus infection lifespan with the application of antibiotics. Chronic sinusitis is diagnosed acute sinus symptoms that have lasted longer than eight weeks, regardless of treatment. Sinus infection symptoms include:
- Pain in the teeth
- Thick nasal discharge
- Nasal congestion
- Decreased sense of smell
- Postnasal drip, often with bad taste
- Wheeze, if asthmatic
After thorough testing and examination, including skin testing, physical examination, and possible CT scan, the physician will recommend a treatment plan, which may or not include the following:
- Saline irrigation
- Nasal steroid sprays
Yes, surgery is an option but not till all other avenues and options have been eliminated. Surgery should only be considered if medical treatment has failed or if there is a nasal obstruction that cannot be corrected with medications. If surgery is needed, then the surgery type will be chosen as to what is best suited for the patient and diagnosis specific. Surgery can be performed under the upper lip, behind the eyebrow, next to the nose or scalp, or inside the nose.
Allergies can lead to chronic sinusitis, but sinusitis cannot create allergies. The neglect or continued non-treatment of chronic sinusitis will result in frequent sinus, ear and upper and lower respiratory infections. The possibility exists for sinus infections to invade the boney tissue (osteomyelitis), and in rare cases cause meningitis. Allergies and acute or chronic sinusitis symptoms make a productive, active life very difficult to achieve. Our team of experienced Little Elm doctors can help you turn your sinus problems around and increase the productivity of your life.
Although some types of sinusitis may eventually clear on its own, some will require medical attention. Understanding which type of sinusitis is triggering your infection is the first step. At Collin County ENT, our board-certified allergy and asthma specialists diagnose and treat all types of sinusitis.
The determination between allergies and sinus infection should be left to the qualified physician. Call Collin County ENT or complete our online form to evaluate your medical condition. (972)596-4005.