August, 2014

How common is chronic sinusitis?

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

It is estimated that up to 37 million Americans may suffer from chronic sinusitis. Worldwide, 5-15% of the population is estimated to have chronic sinusitis, a number seemingly larger than other chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma or rheumatoid arthritis. It causes absenteeism from work and reduced quality of life due to persistent sinus headache and nasal congestion, fatigue, body pain and recurrent infections. This is a significant financial to the health care system and to individual families. Ask how how to improve or cure your sinus problems. For the right candidate, balloon sinuplasty in Waslaco or surrounding area may be an excellent option.

What is chronic sinusitis?

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

By definition chronic sinusitis or rhinosinusitis is considered when symptoms of nasal congestion, sinus congestion or pressure, sinus headaches, decreased smell with or without yellowish discharge from the nose and/or cough persist for longer than 12 weeks or 3 months. If sinus symptoms last less than 4 weeks that is considered acute sinusitis. For the diagnosis of chronic sinusitis either a nasal endoscopy (endoscope exam of the nose) or a CT scan may be necessary. An empirical trial of antibiotics and steroids, either nasal or oral or both may be considered if CT scan or nasal endoscopy is not available or perhaps expensive. However if symptoms persist despite medication, then either of these two procedures should be performed to confirm the diagnosis. Nasal endoscopy may show evidence of pus or discolored discharge or polyposis or swelling around the sinus openings inside the nose suggesting chronic rhinosinusitis. A CT scan is a more reliable test.