What to Do If Winter Brings on Sinusitis
The human skull contains hollow cavities known as sinuses. Sometimes, the tissue lining these hollow spaces can become inflamed. This condition is called sinusitis and it is often associated with infections. Occasionally developing sinusitis is not generally a cause for concern. However, if you experience severe symptoms, prolonged symptoms, or frequently recurring symptoms, you might consider speaking with a physician at West Hills Hospital. Watch this video, which features one of our sinus surgeons, to learn the importance of treating chronic sinusitis to prevent serious complications.
Many cases of sinusitis are acute, rather than chronic, and most of these patients can successfully recover with supportive care. If you have mild, acute sinusitis, you can help your body fight the infection by getting plenty of rest and staying well hydrated. You can improve your comfort by using a sterile saline nasal rinse, applying warm compresses, and taking over-the-counter decongestants if need be.
If your symptoms are severe and they are caused by a bacterial infection, your doctor might consider prescribing an antibiotic. If you do take an antibiotic, it’s crucial to finish taking the entire course of the prescribed medicine, even if you start feeling better sooner than this. Doctors may sometimes prescribe powerful anti-inflammatory drugs on a short-term basis or an antifungal medication if the infection is fungal in nature.
For some people, chronic sinusitis is triggered by allergens. You might be referred to an allergy specialist to learn how to reduce your exposure to allergens and discuss immunotherapy. Immunotherapy, which consists of injections, can help reduce the body’s sensitivity to allergens.
Sinusitis surgery might be recommended if your symptoms are severe, recurrent, or might place you at risk of complications. If conservative treatments haven’t worked, a sinus surgeon may perform endoscopic surgery to clear away nasal polyps or other obstructive tissues, and perhaps to enlarge a sinus opening to support better drainage.
Ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgery is one of our specialties here at West Hills Hospital . Our hospital brings together talented surgeons and state-of-the-art operating platforms to provide exceptional care for our patients in West Hills. If you would like a referral to a specialist at our hospital, you can call a registered nurse at (818) 676-4321.