Across Atlanta, people of all ages will be familiar with the nasal congestion, headaches, nasal discharge and fatigue caused by sinusitis. However, even with the condition affecting so many of us, finding the right sinusitis treatment is not always easy. For Dr. Chacko and other professionals in this field, finding the root cause of the sinusitis is key. Accurately determining the cause means the right treatment solution can be used – one that’s designed to bring the best results.
Treating Sinusitis by Identifying the Cause
Sinus problems will often go away after some rest and over-the-counter medication. However, when problems persist for a number of weeks or if they occur regularly, you may have chronic sinusitis.
A consultation with a sinus specialist will involve a discussion of the patient’s relevant medical history and the symptoms of their sinusitis. From this point, a single test or multiple tests may be run, which can include the following options.
- Nasal endoscopy – A thin tube called an endoscope is inserted into your nose. A small camera then lets the doctor see inside your sinuses.
- CT scan – A CT scan allows imaging of your sinuses. This process can identify inflammation, polyps and other issues.
- Allergy testing – If your sinus issues are because of an allergy, skin prick or blood testing can identify the allergen at fault.
- Nasal samples – Nasal samples are taken if your doctor suspects you may have bacterial or fungal sinusitis.
4 Effective Sinusitis Treatment Options
With a better understanding of the root cause of sinusitis, the next step is to treat the underlying issue. A number of remedies are available for each type of issue.
1. Nasal Irrigation and Pain Relief
Acute sinusitis is a milder issue that can be treated with nasal irrigation, pain relief medication and a warm compress. Within around 7–10 days there should be clear signs of improvement.
2. Corticosteroids and Other Medication
Corticosteroids can be an important tool in reducing inflammation and treating nasal polyps. A range of medications is available, and making a selection depends on various factors. Your doctor will consider whether the sinusitis is chronic, the size of the polyps and other medical issues.
3. Recurrent Sinusitis Treatments
Analyzing the cause of sinusitis may detect problems, including scar tissue that causes drainage issues, fungal infections and so on. Antifungal medication and antibiotics can be used to treat these problems, but there’s a possibility that surgery, such as endoscopic sinus surgery, will be required.
4. Allergy Treatments
Treating an allergy is often an effective way to overcome recurring sinusitis. Allergic rhinitis and allergies to food, mold and aspirin are often found to be the cause of a sinus issue. To limit the impact of allergens, treatment may require avoidance, antihistamines or immunotherapy.
Contact Us for Sinusitis Treatment
If you are experiencing persistent sinusitis issues, contact the Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center today. Our centers are located in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek and provide effective relief for sinus problems. For assistance, call (678) 668-4688 or make an appointment now.