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Common Conditions of the Sinuses & Sinusitis Treatments
Sinusitis, nasal allergies, and other conditions of the sinuses affect millions of Americans each year. While some disorders are fairly minor and offer only minimal aggravation, others can be particularly painful, causing persistent headaches, toothache, fever and other problems.
From our Atlanta-based allergy clinics, the Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center aims to identify and treat your specific allergy issues. We help families in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek on the road to recovery.
Common Sinus Conditions Impacting Atlanta and Surrounding Areas
There are various issues affecting the sinuses. The following examples are among the most common that Dr. Chacko treats at his Atlanta-area treatment locations:
Persistent Sinus Headaches
Headaches can be caused by a variety of factors, with the impact affecting people in different ways. Persistent headaches can be debilitating to some sufferers, and they take a toll in school or workplace performance and personal comfort. It can be tricky to recognize what’s causing a headache – whether the headache is related to stress, a virus, or if there is an issue with your sinuses. If you are concerned about sinus headaches and want to learn more, our sinus headaches page lists some common symptoms you can watch out for.
Viral & Bacterial Sinus Infections
A viral sinus infection is typically caused by the same virus that causes the common cold. This type of infection won’t be responsive to antibiotics, and only requires home remedies or over-the-counter medication. A more severe case of sinusitis can occur with a bacterial infection. Here’s how it works: Blockages in the nasal passage prevent fluid from draining, and the sinuses may then become infected. There are several sinus infection symptoms to watch for if you’re concerned that your child may have an infection.
Diagnosis & Treatment of Nasal Polyps
Nasal polyps are growths in the sinuses, and are often a result of swelling or inflammation. Polyps come in different sizes, with the large type being able to potentially block the sinuses and result in a mucus build-up. While many sufferers only experience mild discomfort, some polyps can lead to frequent sneezing, sinus infections, pain across the face, and other issues. Dr. Chacko can help diagnose and effectively treat nasal polyps, enabling patients to find the right course of action for their individual needs. Dealing with troublesome polyps can mimic other sinus issues, so understanding the various symptoms plus the treatment options for nasal polyps is quite helpful.
Aggravating Nasal Allergies & Sinusitis
Nasal allergies lead to sneezing and blocked or runny noses, and are most commonly caused by pollen or dust, along withother possible allergens. These allergens cause inflammation inside the nose, which may clear up quickly. However, without a solution for their nasal allergy symptoms, sufferers will often experience long-term discomfort.
With swelling inside the nose the nasal passages can become blocked, potentially leading to sinusitis. Nasal allergies arevery common, so to prevent long-term issues or complications it is very important to know the symptoms, as well as the nasal allergy & sinusitis treatments available to you and your family.
Treatment Options for Sinusitis & Other Sinus Conditions
Treatment will vary depending upon your diagnosis. Options range from simple remedies you can use in your Atlanta home to (in rare cases) the need for surgery. Treatments include:
- Saline nasal sprays and drops to clear bacteria and mucus from the nose
- Over-the-counter medications to clear blockages
- Antihistamines to deal with allergies
- Antibiotics to tackle more severe bacterial infections
- Drinking plenty of water and getting rest
- A hot towel placed on the face during the day to relieve inflammation
- Sinus surgery for the most severe cases
The Most Common Frequently Asked Questions About Sinus Infections
Do you need antibiotics for a sinus infection?
Viral infections may clear up naturally after a couple of weeks with some natural remedies. Bacterial infections are more persistent and benefit from antibiotic treatment. At Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center we aim to find the right solution for you or your child.
What are the common signs your child has sinusitis?
Determining if your child has a nasal infection or just a cold can be confusing. Some of the signs of sinusitis to look out for include coughs and nasal discharge lasting over 10 days, swelling around the eyes, persistent discharge of thick yellow mucus, headaches and even bad breath.
Will a sinus infection go away without treatment?
Some infections will not require treatment, while others can benefit from over-the-counter and home remedies. In more severe cases antibiotics will be required, and surgery is a potential option. It is important to seek medical assistance if you are concerned. We are happy to discuss the best sinus treatment options that suit your individual needs.
Sinus Treatment Help Is an Appointment Away
Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center is ready to provide the right sinus treatment solution for you and/or your family. If you are based in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth or Johns Creek, we can provide diagnosis and treatment that brings sinusitis relief to you and your family. Call us today at 678-668-4688 to explore our sinusitis treatment options.