Helping Manage Your Sinusitis

Most of us will suffer from sinusitis from time to time throughout our lives, and usually, if you take care of it, it’s not too severe but left unchecked or untreated, especially in babies and children; it can affect your health and well-being significantly. If you are suffering from chronic sinusitis or it’s impacting your daily life, and you live in one of the following areas: Detroit, Southfield, Novi, Livonia, St. Clair Shores, MI, an ENT may be needed to help you return to good health. Look no further than the experienced team at the Ear, Nose, & Throat Consultants for exceptional healthcare.

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is when the linings of the sinuses become inflamed, causing pain in the facial area and excessive mucus production. Sinusitis affects patients of all ages, and depending on their age, the symptoms may vary. It usually follows either a bacterial or viral infection, but there are several reasons why you may contract sinusitis.

Diagnosing and Treating Sinusitis

Sinusitis is often diagnosed after you visit your healthcare provider based on your recent medical history and symptoms. However, if your ENT has any concerns, they may refer you for further testing, including:

  • Sinus cultures
  • Sinus x-rays
  • Blood tests
  • CT scan of the sinuses

To treat your sinusitis effectively, your ENT in Detroit, Southfield, Novi, Livonia, St. Clair Shores, MI, area will consider the following:

  • Age and how sick you are.
  • Overall medical history and how often you experience sinusitis
  • How long the sinusitis is expected to last and the type of sinusitis you have.
  • Your personal preference or opinion

Managing Your Sinusitis

Once the team at our Ear, Nose, & Throat Consultants practice has assessed you, they will recommend a course of action to treat your sinusitis. This may include one or more of the following treatments:

  • Medications, including analgesics for pain relief, antihistamines if your sinusitis is allergy-based, anti-inflammatories, or antibiotics if your symptoms are severe.
  • Nose drops or spray, including cortisone-based nasal sprays.
  • Surgery if nothing else has helped, or it is affecting your overall health, including your hearing and ability to breathe correctly, or if you are suffering from chronic sinusitis. 

There are two types of sinus surgery:

  • Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is used to widen the sinuses by removing some blocked tissue. 
  • Balloon Sinus Dilation (BSD), which is minimally invasive.

Contact Us

If you have been referred to an ENT in Detroit, Southfield, Novi, Livonia, St. Clair Shores, MI, to help manage your sinusitis, the team at the Ear, Nose, & Throat Consultants offers exceptional care when you aren’t feeling your best. Contact us today for an appointment at (248) 569-5985.

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