Acute sinusitis, is a temporary inflammation of the sinus lining that is caused by a bacterial infection and commonly called a sinus infection. However, if you experience symptoms for longer than 12 weeks after medical treatment you could have chronic sinusitis.
The Treatment of Chronic Sinusitis:
If chronic sinusitis is suspected, your doctor most likely will refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician (an otolaryngology specialist). The ENT physician uses several methods to help screen for chronic sinusitis: visual inspection, nasal endoscopy, CT scan, or nasal and sinus cultures. After diagnosing chronic sinusitis and identifying a possible cause, your ENT will often begin with medical management.
Medical management of chronic sinusitis may include:
Mucus thinning drugs
Proven Technology in Treating Chronic Sinus Infections Now Available at Eastern Connecticut Health Network
Manchester Memorial Hospital now offers a clinically proven, minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation. The Balloon Sinuplasty™ system by Acclarent™ uses a small catheter and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses.
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Historically, sinusitis patients were limited to two treatment options: medical therapy such as antibiotics and topical nasal steroids, or conventional sinus surgery such as Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS). Medical therapy can help alleviate symptoms as many as 80% of patients but is inadequate for the rest. For them, sinus surgery is often the best option. However, FESS is a conventional surgery that requires bone and tissue removal in order to open up blocked sinus passageways. In lieu of a desired treatment, approximately 900,000 patients each year elect to live with painful sinus conditions.
There is an alternative solution in endoscopic sinus surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™. A small, flexible balloon catheter is placed through a nostril into the blocked sinus passageway. The balloon is then inflated to gently restructure and open the sinus passageway, restoring normal sinus drainage and function.
Learn more about the ENT surgery specialists on the ECHN medical staff.