What Can Be Done for Chronic Sinus Conditions?
Do you seem to always have congested nasal passages? For some people, chronic sinusitis is not just a cold, but a troublesome condition that does not seem to go away. Unfortunately, this is a common condition. It occurs when the cavities or open spaces, around the nasal passages, which are commonly called your sinuses, become inflamed. This leads to swelling in the area. And, sometimes, it does not go away. If it lasts for at least eight weeks, it is considered chronic sinusitis.
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This condition can make it hard for the congestion to drain properly. This causes mucus to build up. And, that leads to trouble breathing through your nose. And, that buildup also causes the face and the eyes to seem to swell and look sickly. Over time, your face may feel as though it is throbbing. Some people also experience throbbing headaches from this condition. In some cases, it is brought on by an infection. However, it can also be caused by the development of nasal polyps. In other people, a deviated nasal septum is behind the condition. And, it can impact anyone of any age.
While people who have a cold may not need treatment, those who have this chronic condition often do. The treatment goal is to reduce the amount of inflammation present and to ensure that the nasal passages continue to drain properly. This will get rid of the cause of the problem. This can be done through the following methods:
- The use of nasal corticosteroids, such as nasal sprays, help to treat the underlying inflammation.
- Saline nasal irrigation, in which you spray fluid into your nose to rinse the passages can also help.
- Corticosteroids can be injected or taken orally after being prescribed by a doctor.
- A decongestant may also be recommended for some people to provide some relief from the swelling.
Antibiotics may work, but this is rarely beneficial. In other cases, your doctor may recommend the use of immunotherapy. And, in very bad cases, surgery becomes an option to reduce the overall cause.
Are you struggling with this condition or think you might be? Find out more about it, and if you have it, by visiting our New York City ENT doctor. You will get the care you need to determine what options are available for your chronic condition.
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