Am I Sick?
You know when your symptoms indicate something worse than a cold. Your sinuses are tight, you have an awful headache, mucous is changing colors, and everything tastes like cardboard. Is it an allergy or a sinus infection? And how do you find sinus relief?
How Do You Tell?
35 million people have allergic reactions to seasonal stimulants and an additional 7 million people suffer from sinus infections. What indicates a sinus infection?
- Pain in the sinuses
- Constricted breathing
- Debilitating headache
- Loss of smell and taste.
- Dark yellow or green sinus drainage.
There are several causes: viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. Two common sources of infection are outcomes of the common cold or seasonal allergies. Sinus infections dry up when allergy relief is provided. While sinus infections often improve on their own, they can also get worse and last a long time. It is never a good idea to allow infections to go unchecked, as infections close to the brain are dangerous.
Where Do I Go for Help?
How do you find sinus relief? You will need the help of an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist, called an otolaryngologist. One of the most respected ENT surgeons in the nation is Dr. Andy Chung, an industry leader. He is internationally recognized, board certified and fellowship-trained. Dr. Chung was recognized as one of “The Best Doctors” by DMagazine in 2013.
Dr. Chung’s treatment protocols include saline nasal spray, nasal corticosteroids, decongestants, and over-the-counter pain relievers. Most cases of bacterial sinusitis improve without antibiotics; viral or fungal sinusitis will not respond to antibiotic medications. Antibiotic treatment is needed if the bacterial infection is severe.
What Is Sinuplasty?
When your painful sinusitis is persistent and resistant, a cutting edge medical technique, Balloon Sinuplasty, provides sinus relief.
Dr. Chung is a leading practitioner in Balloon Sinuplasty, a non-surgical intervention which uses balloons in the same way that angioplasty uses balloons. This procedure allows Dr. Chung to insert a catheter into the inflamed sinus tissues. Then, Dr. Chung uses balloons to drain sinuses—thereby providing immediate sinus relief. It takes two days to recover; a boon for those without the luxury of a week off.