The sinuses are important for many reasons, but the main reason is that they produce mucus, which keeps the nose moist. This, in turn, prevents germs, bacteria and pollutants from being able to enter the nose and infect the body. Of course, what happens when your sinuses start giving acting up?
At Mehmet C. Agabigum M.D.,P.C., we are dedicated to helping you breathe easier. If you are dealing with sinus issues it could very well be,
Allergies: if you notice sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes or wheezing then you could be dealing with allergies. Of course, it is easy to confuse allergies with sinusitis (a sinus infection), so if your symptoms are persistent or don’t respond to allergy medication then you may want to consult your otolaryngologist.
Sinusitis: This is the most common type of sinus issue that people deal with, and it’s often triggered by allergies or a cold. Sinusitis can often cause nasal swelling, facial pain and pressure, sore throat, fatigue and thick nasal mucus. If symptoms persist for more than 12 weeks, talk to your doctor.
Nasal Blockage: Sometimes inflammation can become so severe that there is an actual blockage within the sinuses. When there is a blockage there is nowhere for the mucus to drain so it builds up within the nasal cavity. You may have a nasal blockage if you can’t breathe out of one side of your nose, if you have trouble tasting or smelling, if you are dealing with a postnasal drip or if you’re experiencing facial pressure.
Deviated Septum: This is a common structural abnormality that results when the septum, the thick wall of cartilage that divides the two nasal passages, is crooked. This can lead to trouble breathing on one side of the nose. You’ll also be prone to nasal blockages and snoring.
The good news is that most sinusitis cases will go away within 10 days; however, if you are dealing with symptoms that are severe, don’t respond to home care and last more than 12 weeks then it’s time to see an ear, nose and throat specialist.
The treatment plan that we will create for you will depend on the type of problem you are dealing with. We offer everything from medications and balloon sinuplasty to allergy shots and traditional surgery to treat a wide range of sinus problems, from minor to more complex.