sinus disorder education

The team at The Bon Secours Sinus Center of Excellence believes that patient education is crucial in understanding your treatment. It is important to first learn about your sinuses and their role with your health before you agree to a sinus treatment or sinus surgery.


 

The sinuses are air spaces behind the bones of the upper face, between the eyes and behind the forehead, nose and cheeks. The sinuses are covered with a mucus layer and cells that contain little hairs on their surfaces called cilia. These help trap and push out bacteria and pollutants. Each sinus has an opening that allows mucus to drain – this drainage is essential to keeping your sinuses working well and you healthy. Anything that obstructs that flow may cause a buildup of mucus in the sinuses.

Experts agree that healthy sinuses are a key to a good quality of life and that unhealthy sinuses may cause some unwanted complications.

Sinusitis

Sinusitis (also called rhinosinusitis) is the name of the condition in which the lining of your sinuses becomes inflamed. Normally, the sinuses drain through small openings into the inside of the nose. Anything that blocks the flow may cause a buildup of mucus in the sinuses. The blockage and inflammation of the sinus membranes can be infectious or non-infectious.

What are the symptoms of chronic sinusitis?

The symptoms caused by sinusitis may be quite uncomfortable. The signs and symptoms may include:

  • Facial pain, pressure, congestion or fullness
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
  • Teeth pain
  • Lost or altered sense of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath
  • Cough

Types of Sinusitis
There are two main categories of sinusitis: acute and chronic. Sinusitis is usually preceded by a cold, allergy attack or irritation from environmental pollutants. Often, the resulting symptoms, such as nasal pressure, nasal congestion, a runny nose and fever, run their course in a few days. However, if symptoms persist, a bacterial infection or acute sinusitis may develop. Most cases of sinusitis are acute (or sudden onset); however, if the condition occurs frequently or lasts three months or more, you may have chronic sinusitis.

How is sinusitis treated?
There are two main approaches for treating sinusitis patients: endoscopic sinus surgery and medication.
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For more information about the Bon Secours Sinus Center of Excellence please call us at 804-359-WELL (9355).

Information courtesy of Acclarent Inc.

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