Your eyes feel a bit puffy and your nose is stuffed up. You even feel a bit feverish, and your sinuses feel quite swelled. You think to yourself, “This must be sinusitis.” While millions of Americans suffer from sinusitis each year, and some of them are sufferers of chronic sinusitis, many people wrongly assume that this is the infection that they have. Often times, these symptoms are simply associated with a cold or flu bug. Dr. Kevin Sadati has recently introduced a new sinusitis procedure to his Newport Beach practice, called the balloon sinuplasty. He now wants Orange County patients to understand the difference between traditional cold and flu symptoms and symptoms of sinusitis.
Symptoms of Sinusitis
People who are truly suffering from sinusitis will not only experience pain and swelling near the sinus cavities, but also high fevers, nausea, brown discharge in their throat, difficulty smelling and offensive breath. The symptoms of sinusitis can last for a few days or several weeks, depending on the severity of the infection.
The longer the infection goes without treatment, the worse the symptoms will be for the patient. Once a patient realizes that their symptoms are more severe than a typical common cold, they should see a doctor in order to be treated.
The physician will begin by discussing your symptoms with you, and then likely perform an exam in order to view the sinus region and the back of your throat. This will help your physician get a better idea of what is going on, and allow them to see if there are any signs of infection. A CAT scan may be performed in order to determine if it is a structural issue within the nose that is causing the infection, such as a deviated septum. An X-ray of the head may also be required for a diagnosis.
Antibiotics are often used to treat sinusitis, but chronic sinusitis sufferers may not respond to the traditional forms of treatment. While surgery used to be the only other option available, many patients are now taking advantage of the balloon sinuplasty procedure. This is a minimally-invasive procedure that can be performed in the office, and immediately eliminates the infection and its symptoms for the patient.
If left untreated, sinusitis can have serious complications. Chronic sinusitis sufferers constantly feel sick and fatigued, and often feel like they do not have any alternatives. It’s important to stay healthy and remain active in order to boost your immune system to fight off the common cold. When you do have a cold or the flu, rest, drink plenty of fluids and take time to recover.
If you feel your symptoms have continued on for too long, see a doctor and come up with a treatment plan together. As an expert in the rhinoplasty procedure, Dr. Kevin Sadati knows the nasal structure inside and out. While he is known for his natural nose job results, he also is earning a reputation for treating structural issues within the nose for his patients.
For more information about sinusitis and the treatment options available, set up a consultation appointment today.