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Are you experiencing the symptoms of a sinus infection? The nasal drip, headaches, congestion, and facial pain can range from inconvenient to debilitating. They can also be a sign of a serious medical issue that can impact your overall health.

Millions of Americans seek treatment for sinus infections each year. Together, we spend billions of dollars seeking solutions from over-the-counter medications without lasting relief. There may be temporary comfort in natural home remedies for sinus infection. But what about those long-lasting and persistent sinus infections that severely impact our quality of life? Join the countless adults and children from the Crescent City and across the Greater New Orleans Area who are celebrating success at New Orleans Sinus Center.

Schedule your appointment today, then continue reading to discover how you can find lasting relief from your sinus infection.

What is a Sinus Infection?

A sinus infection, also known as sinusitis, is a swelling of the sinus cavities that surround the nose and eyes. These air-filled spaces play an important role in breathing and speaking. They also help control humidity and filter the air entering the lungs by producing natural mucus. This mucus works to remove dust and germs from the air that you breathe.

The sinus cavities may become infected when bacteria, mold, or viruses enter the body. The body may respond to these with inflammation and increased production of mucus. This swelling can block the mucus from draining naturally and it can become infected. A sinus infection can become a serious medical issue that requires professional attention.

Sinus infection symptoms may be similar to those of a common cold or allergies. Some of the most common sinusitis symptoms include:

  • Postnasal drip: Mucus running from the nose to the throat.
  • Abnormal nasal discharge: Mucus discharge from the nose that is green or yellow in color.
  • Congestion: Stuffy nose caused by inflammation.
  • Fatigue: The inability to achieve restful sleep due to sinus infection symptoms.
  • Facial pain: This includes headaches, tooth pain, or pain around the eyes and nose.
  • Facial swelling: Sensitivity and swelling at the top of the nose and around the eyes.
  • Other Symptoms: These may include coughing, bad breath, and fever.

It is possible to have sinusitis and allergies or a cold at the same time which can make it more difficult to find relief. Your individual symptoms and specific conditions are unique which is why it is important to seek treatment from a medical professional who will listen and respond to your needs.

Sinus infections are serious and they can have significant impacts on your health, well-being, and quality of life. Don’t let your sinus infection go untreated, schedule an appointment with New Orleans Sinus Center today.

Sinus Infection Treatment

Sinus sufferers often spend far too long trying to manage painful sinus symptoms. Today, more than ever, you have options that will put an end to your sinus suffering and put you back in control of your life. Long-lasting treatment is available, affordable, and safe. The team at New Orleans Sinus Center can customize a treatment plan that is specific to your condition, meets your needs, and works for your budget.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Sinus surgery is a treatment option for those whose sinus blockage symptoms are the result of a physical defect in the nose or sinus area. These physical conditions may include:

  • Deviated septum
  • Closed passages
  • Nasal polyps

Sinus surgery is a fully invasive procedure that involves the permanent removal of bone or tissue. These procedures are typically done in a hospital or surgery center under anesthesia. Full recovery from sinus surgery can take weeks or months.

Antibiotics

Proper use of antibiotics can be an effective short-term solution for non-recurring sinus infections. One of the most common causes of sinusitis is from a bacterial infection. When the body’s natural defense system is working properly, it can often fight off infection. However, when an infection is long-lasting (more than a week), antibiotics can significantly contribute to the healing process.

Specific antibiotics can target bacteria to provide relief and results can be seen in as little as a couple of days. All medications carry risks and antibiotics should not be used as a long-term solution to recurring sinus infections.

Nasal Spray

Nasal sprays help to prevent and treat sinus infection symptoms. There are two primary types of sprays which include:

Nasal decongestants

Nasal decongestants can reduce inflammation helping the body to naturally drain mucus. Symptom relief can be quick, but potential side effects require that they not be used as a long-term solution.

Nasal corticosteroids

Corticosteroid sprays also help reduce sinus and nasal swelling. However, these sprays can be safely used as part of a long-term treatment plan. When used effectively, these sprays can reduce symptoms and prevent future swelling of the sinuses.

Natural Home Remedies

Treating a sinus infection naturally can sometimes be a safe and effective way to find symptom relief and prevent future infections. If you are experiencing mild symptoms that are not the result of a severe infection, then a natural home remedy may be part of your treatment plan. It is important that natural treatments are done right in order to prevent damage to the sinuses or other medical complications. You can learn more about adding natural solutions to your sinus treatment plan.

Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty is a modern treatment option for sinus infections that is minimally invasive and has a number of distinct advantages. Sinuplasty can help you avoid surgery while delivering long-term results. Unlike traditional surgery, it takes less than an hour and can be done from the comfort of the office. This safe procedure involves gently opening the blocked sinus passage with a tiny balloon. Once the balloon is inflated, the sinus can be cleaned and the natural flow of mucus is restored. You can walk out of the office breathing easier and ready to live a life free of sinus infection symptoms. You can join the hundreds of thousands of sinus sufferers who have found lasting relief through balloon sinuplasty.

Discover how Balloon Sinuplasty can deliver real, instant, and lasting relief for you!

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The caring and committed staff at New Orleans Sinus Center is committed to listening to you. Our professional team will put together a customized treatment plan that is based on your needs. We use the most advanced technology to go beyond your expectations and deliver lasting results to children and adults across the New Orleans Metropolitan area.

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Who are the best candidates? Open

Balloon sinuplasty may be particularly beneficial to patients that have had their sinus problems diagnosed early. For patients with chronic, long-lasting problems, the procedure may be effective for some, though not all, of their sinuses. Your surgeon will discuss with you whether or not you are a candidate for full or partial treatment using balloon sinuplasty, or may recommend traditional sinus surgery (FESS). Typically, patients with the following symptoms may benefit from the procedure:

  • Recurrent sinus infections that do not respond to medication
  • Headaches around the eyes
  • Chronic bad breath and/or foul taste in the mouth
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
How does it work?Open

Balloon Sinuplasty
For in-office balloon sinuplasty, a physician carefully places a very small medical balloon into key sinus structures and then inflates the balloon to expand and remodel sinus structure. Tissue and bone are not cut away or removed, but reshaped.The long-term effectiveness of balloon sinuplasty has been confirmed in a growing body of clinical studies. Over 85% of patients saw significant improvements in their sinus symptoms. Ninety percent of patients would recommend the procedure to a family or friend. Work and life productivity increased significantly.For in-office balloon sinuplasty, a physician carefully places a very small medical balloon into key sinus structures and then inflates the balloon to expand and remodel sinus structure. Tissue and bone are not cut away or removed, but reshaped.

Traditional Sinus Surgery
In Traditional Sinus Surgery or FESS, tissue and bone are cut away by the physician using surgical cutting instruments. The sinus openings are expanded through the cutting away and removal of bone and tissue.For Traditional FESS, a broad range of studies have demonstrated statistically significant improvement in symptoms and quality of life following surgery.

Available in Office?Open

Balloon Sinuplasty: Yes. If you are an in-office balloon dilation candidate, your procedure can be performed while you are awake without the need for general anesthesia. A typical office balloon dilation procedure lasts forty-five minutes. Of course, balloon dilation may be performed in the operating room under general anesthesia for patients who elect to do so or are not in office medical candidates. Your physician will fully discuss these options with you.

Traditional Sinus Surgery: No. Traditional FESS is performed in an operating room under general anesthesia, with the patient fully asleep. Most patients are allowed to return home the same day.

How Long is Recovery?Open

Balloon Sinuplasty: 1 to 2 days. A faster recovery is a key benefit of balloon dilation. Since anatomy is reshaped by a balloon and not removed, most patients are able to return to normal activity within 24-48 hours. There is less pain, swelling and typically no bleeding as compared to traditional sinus surgery.

Balloon Sinuplasty: 1 to 2 days. A faster recovery is a key benefit of balloon dilation. Since anatomy is reshaped by a balloon and not removed, most patients are able to return to normal activity within 24-48 hours. There is less pain, swelling and typically no bleeding as compared to traditional sinus surgery.

Additional Post-Op Required?Open

Balloon Dilation: No. A follow-up procedure is rarely needed since anatomical structures are reshaped by a balloon without the necessity of cutting.

Traditional Sinus Surgery: Often. Since tissue is cut and removed in Traditional FSS, crusting can occur as the remaining tissue heals. To remove this crust and tissue remnants an ENT often must perform a nasal debridement one or more times in the weeks following the procedure, in additional to nasal packing.

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