How is acute sinusitis treated?
Acute sinusitis is a common viral or bacterial infection of the para-nasal sinuses. It can cause severe headaches, discolored nasal drainage, breathing difficulties, restlessness, and facial pain, among other problems. It can resolve on its own, but doctors may recommend any of following treatments for stubborn cases.
Nasal decongestants are over the counter medications. They are available as tablets, liquids, and nasal sprays. One should use them, however, for only no more than seven consecutive days. Otherwise, overuse might cause a more severe congestion, known as rebound congestion.
Saline nasal sprays and irrigation
Doctors prescribe these only to clean the nasal passage. They have no adverse side effects and can be used several times a day to restore moisture and calm inflammation.
Painkillers, such as ibuprofen and paracetamol, are options to relieve facial pain and fever. Stronger painkillers are sometimes used for severe headaches but only for a short period of time. Adults can use aspirin as well. However, doctors recommend avoiding the use of aspirin in children. Studies show that it may cause a rare but serious condition called Reye’s syndrome in children recovering from flu-like symptoms and chicken pox.
Balloon Sinuplasty is a breakthrough technology that is minimally invasive. Qualified ENT doctors perform it as an in-office procedure. The doctor first inserts a small balloon catheter into the nasal passage until it reaches the inflamed sinus. The doctor then inflates the balloon slowly to restructure the passageway.
The main advantage of balloon sinuplasty is that it maintains the normal sinus anatomy as it does not involve the removal of a bone or tissue. The patient often returns to their regular activity the same day after the procedure.
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Doctors resort to surgery to treat recurrent sinusitis or chronic sinusitis. FESS is the conventional surgical procedure that involves the removal of tissues and bones from the nose to open the nasal passage. This can help resolve the build-up of mucus and may provide some relief.
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