The Common Causes of Sinusitis in Atlanta Residents
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Nasal allergies and sinusitis are commonly linked, though there are also other causes of an infection. Thankfully, Atlanta residents suffering from sinusitis will usually only experience temporary unease, and a qualified doctor can provide the appropriate treatment.
The sinuses are empty nasal cavities located behind the forehead and cheekbones. When the sinuses experience inflammation – called sinusitis – it can become incredibly painful to a person.
Main Causes of Sinusitis
Hay fever and other allergies can cause inflammation that blocks the sinuses.
Tissue growths can also block the nasal passages and cause an infection.
An uneven wall between your nostrils (the septum) can inhibit breathing and increase the impact of a blocked nose.
Inflammation caused by a cold or similar infection can prevent mucus from draining effectively.
Effective Sinusitis Treatments
The right approach to treating sinusitis is first getting the correct diagnosis. Symptoms can be acute or chronic. Plus, the cause of sinusitis symptoms – viral, bacterial, fungal or physical – each requires a different treatment approach.
Home Remedies and Self-Care
Most sinus infections are viral, resulting from a cold or similar illness. A combination of regular water consumption, anti-inflammatory meds and plenty of rest should lead to gradual improvement. Over-the-counter nasal sprays can also help unblock your nose.
A bacterial infection is usually more persistent than a viral infection. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to tackle this sinusitis, with improvements often seen within days. In more severe cases you may need to continue taking antibiotics or use a nasal spray for a longer term.
Sinusitis may be the result of allergies. Antihistamines are an effective way of treating hay fever and other allergies, helping to prevent recurring sinus infections. If allergies are a continual problem for a patient, an allergist may offer allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy.
Surgery for sinusitis is rare, but there are occasions where it is the best approach. Surgery can open your sinuses to provide easier draining from your nose. Sinus surgery would only be considered in chronic cases where antibiotics or other treatments have proven unsuccessful.
Risks of Not Treating Sinusitis
While the vast majority of cases can be treated with self-care or antibiotics, untreated chronic sinusitis does carry risks. Meningitis, a brain abscess, and other complications can result from severe cases that remain untreated. If your sinusitis has lasted over 10 days or you are experiencing fever, swelling, severe pain, sinus headaches, or problems with your vision, contact your doctor for an examination.
Are You Struggling With Sinusitis?
If you are concerned about sinusitis, we are here to help. Dr. Chacko can accurately diagnose nasal allergies and other causes of sinusitis, and bring you the appropriate solution. Our clinics are located in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek. Call for an appointment at 678-668-4688.