For many Americans, the winter season means coughs, colds, and congestion to fill the house with holiday cheer!
Sinusitis is an extremely common issue in many people. Sinusitis is basically when your sinuses are inflamed due to an infection, which causes your sinuses to become red and swollen.
Although it may seem like a simple winter cold that’s causing you stress, it may be more than that. A ‘cold’ that continues to linger could be sinusitis.
Where it Hurts
Everyone has heard the common phrase “my sinuses are killing me”. While your sinuses can’t actually kill you, they can cause a lot of pain to many sufferers.
When a sinus attack occurs, there is a lot of pressure put on the membrane of your sinuses and the bone. There are four cavities where these issues can arise, and where the congestion can occur. These areas include over the eyes, inside each of your cheekbones, and behind the bridge of your nose. If you have experienced a sinus headache before, this can usually occur right behind your eyes, or where the cavity is located behind your nose.
There are several things you can try to do on your own before heading off to the doctor before your next sinus infection hits. Waiting for another sinus attack can be much too painful, so it can be beneficial to take preventative steps on your own.
Some good ideas to help prevent sinus infections or developing sinusitis include:
● Drinking a lot of water; water can help keep the mucus thin, loose, and easy to pass along
● Frequently use saline sprays or washes; bathing your nasal passages can help remove any excess mucus that may be hiding in your cavities
● Use a humidifier and avoid sitting in dry environments; dry environments can dry out your nasal passages
● A hot shower or holding your face over a pot of boiling, hot water can help loosen up mucus
● Avoid irritants and fumes that can make your sinuses worse, such as cigarette smoke or cleaning products
Balloon Sinus Dilation
If you have persistent sinus infections or congestion or think you’re constantly battling a lingering cold, you may want to research or speak to a professional. A cold and a sinus infection are two different things and you can distinguish the differences with this article.
Balloon sinus dilation, also called Balloon Sinusplasty, is a great procedure for anyone struggling with sinusitis. This procedure is minimally invasive and can usually provide lasting results for patients suffering from sinusitis.
A doctor places small balloons in certain places of your sinus passageways. Once the balloons expand, this allows your passageways to open up; thus, resulting in drainage of excess mucus. Since this procedure requires no general anesthesia, it can usually be done instantly, providing instant relief and no recovery time.
At the office of Dr. Light, we want to ensure that we can provide you with some relief from constant sinus issues. They can be overwhelming and difficult to deal with. As an ear, nose, and throat specialist, Dr. Light serving Ballon Sinusplasty treatment in West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach and allover Florida, so you will have a quick and comfortable procedure experience. Call us today at 561-737-8584 to find out if Balloon Sinusplasty is the right procedure for you.