Chronic Sinusitis Treatment Specialist in Suffern, NY and Monroe, NY

Chronic Sinusitis Treatment Specialist in Suffern, NY and Monroe, NY

Chronic sinusitis doesn’t have to be a serious condition but if left untreated it can develop into one. Treatment for chronic sinusitis is available at Allergy and Asthma Care of Rockland, P.C. For more information, please contact us or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at Suffern, NY and Monroe, NY.

Chronic Sinusitis Treatment Specialist Near Me in Suffern, NY and Monroe, NY
Chronic Sinusitis Treatment Specialist Near Me in Suffern, NY and Monroe, NY

Table of Contents:

What is the main cause of chronic sinusitis?
How do you treat chronic sinusitis?
What happens if you leave chronic sinusitis untreated?
How can you tell when a sinus infection has spread to your brain?

What is the main cause of chronic sinusitis?


When your sinuses located in your nose and head swell and become inflamed for more than three months despite treatment, it is called chronic sinusitis. Your nose may become stuffy because of this condition, which interferes with mucus draining normally. It might be difficult to breathe through your nose, and the area around your eyes might be swollen or tender. There are several causes of chronic sinusitis, including bacteria, growths in the sinuses (nasal polyps), and swelling in the sinus lining. Children and adults can both suffer from chronic rhinosinusitis.
 
The signs and symptoms of chronic sinusitis and acute sinusitis tend to be fairly similar. Acute sinusitis, on the other hand, is a temporary infection of the sinuses caused by a cold. Chronic sinusitis typically lasts a minimum of 12 weeks, but you may experience acute sinusitis several times before developing chronic sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis isn’t usually accompanied by fever, but acute sinusitis may cause it.
 
There are several potential main causes of chronic sinusitis. Polyps can block the nasal passages or sinuses due to tissue growth. Sinusitis symptoms may be exacerbated by a deviated nasal septum – the wall between the nostrils. Nasal blockage can be caused by conditions like cystic fibrosis, HIV, and other immune system-related diseases. You can have inflammation and thickening of your sinus membranes as a result of infections of the respiratory tract, most commonly colds. It is possible for viruses or bacteria to cause these infections. Your sinuses can become blocked due to inflammation caused by allergies.

How do you treat chronic sinusitis?


In the United States, nearly 30 million people suffer from sinusitis in some form. Inflammation and blockage caused by chronic sinusitis can make breathing especially difficult. There are some home remedies that can help relieve your symptoms. If you want to keep the symptoms from returning, you may need long-term treatment and medication.
 
Pain medications available over-the-counter (OTC) can help relieve headaches and swelling. The most popular medications in this category are ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol). Inflammation can also be controlled using nasal sprays containing corticosteroids.
 
Infections can cause sinusitis, so your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection and relieve some symptoms. Infections that result in sinusitis don’t often cause chronic sinusitis, but they may require antibiotic treatment in order to prevent complications.
 
Your doctor may refer you to an allergist if you have chronic sinusitis caused by allergies. Tests can be conducted by an allergist to determine what you are allergic to. In order to gradually become immune to those allergens, your doctor can give you regular allergy shots.

What happens if you leave chronic sinusitis untreated?


The health risks associated with sinusitis can be quite low when treated properly, but if left untreated, sinusitis and its complications can cause serious health problems.
 
Chronic sinusitis complications may result from avoiding sinusitis treatment for too long. In severe cases, these complications can lead to emergency surgery, impaired brain and eye function, and even death. You should seek medical attention immediately if you have been experiencing chronic sinusitis symptoms.

How can you tell when a sinus infection has spread to your brain?


Taking antibiotics can also help prevent rare but dangerous complications that may arise when a sinus infection spreads to the brain or eyes. It is rare but, in some instances, sinus infections spread to the brain from the rear center of the head. As a result, there is a risk of life-threatening conditions like meningitis and brain abscesses.
 
When your body eliminates infection naturally, you usually experience a low-grade fever. See your doctor if your pain and other symptoms are accompanied by a fever greater than 101 degrees. You may be experiencing symptoms of an infection spreading. You probably have a severe sinus infection if you have excessive pain in your eyes, ears, head, or throat. Symptoms such as difficulty opening your eyes or feeling dizzy are warning signs of severe sinusitis. It is possible to acquire infections in your ear, throat, and even in your brain if you do not receive proper treatment.
 
Treatment for chronic sinusitis is available at Allergy and Asthma Care of Rockland, P.C.
 
We serve patients from Suffern NY, Monroe NY, New City NY, Spring Valley NY, Monsey NY, Airmont NY and Mahwah NJ and surrounding areas.

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