Sinus Infection Treatments
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Diagnosis & Treatment of Sinus Infections
A sinus infection, called sinusitis, occurs when the sinuses become swollen or inflamed. The sinuses are mucus-producing spaces behind the cheekbones and forehead. When swelling occurs the mucus cannot drain properly, so that viral, bacterial, or fungal infections can occur.
Dr. Chacko is highly experienced in diagnosing sinus infections, assisting both adults and children throughout the Atlanta area with sinusitis treatment solutions.
Treatments for Sinus Infections
Sinusitis can range from mild to quite severe. If you are experiencing continuous sinus discomfort, we have varioustreatment options that can provide effective relief.
Allergies such as hay fever can certainly lead to sinus blockages. Antihistamines are helpful as they can ease congestion, particularly during the peak times of the year for pollen production and other allergens.
Saline Nasal Sprays or Drops
A nasal spray or drops can reduce swelling and inflammation in the sinuses. This improvement allows bacteria and blockages to be cleared from the nasal passages.
More severe cases of sinusitis are caused by bacterial infections. In these circumstances, it can be beneficial to take antibiotics to clear up a persistent sinus problem.
While sinus surgery is relatively rare, there are occasions where it is the appropriate measure to take. If tissue or bone is blocking the sinuses, a surgical procedure can help. Some patients may also need surgery for the removal of nasal polyps.
Natural Treatments for Sinus Infections
Mild sinus infections will not require antibiotics, as natural treatments can prove effective. Consider these at-home treatment options.
- Drinking fluids and getting rest can resolve milder cases of sinusitis
- Placing a warm towel on the face for 5–10 minutes can ease swelling and inflammation
- Steam from a hot shower helps clear blocked airways
Your Most Common Sinus Infection Questions
What should I avoid if I have a sinus infection?
Cigarette smoke, chemical fumes, pollen, dust and animal hair shedding can all make sinusitis worse. You can use a humidifier in your home to help improve nasal congestion issues.
How will a doctor diagnose sinusitis?
Dr. Chacko uses a variety of techniques including nasal and sinus cultures and allergy tests, and in more severe cases, nasal endoscopy, along with imaging from an MRI or CT scan. We work to find the best sinusitis treatment solution for your particular needs.
What are the signs of sinusitis?
If you experience yellow mucus discharge, bad breath, a decreased sense of smell, and a fever, these symptoms arecommonly related to a sinus infection. Children can also experience a persistent cough that does not improve after a week.
Sinus infections can be distressing and uncomfortable for a patient – particularly if it is affecting your child.
Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center works with Atlanta area residents to find the best solution for their sinus infections. You can request an appointment with one of our locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth or Johns Creek. Call us today at 678-668-4688.