Inflamed and swollen sinus cavities can be more than just a nuisance. At Elite NP Clinic in DeSoto, Texas, Nurse Practitioner Tamara Washington has extensive experience treating sinusitis. If you’re dealing with the daily struggles and sniffles, Nurse Washington can help improve your quality of life and manage your condition. Each case of sinusitis is unique, just like each patient. For individualized care, visit Nurse Washington; call or request your appointment online today.
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis causes the cavities around your sinuses, or nasal passages, to become swollen and inflamed. This can lead to a build-up of mucus since it inhibits proper drainage.
Sinusitis is usually the result of a common cold, but in some cases, if it doesn’t resolve within 10 days, it could indicate a bacterial infection.
What are the symptoms of sinusitis?
Acute sinusitis lasts less than 12 weeks, while chronic sinusitis lasts more than 12 weeks and typically warrants medical attention.
Sinusitis can impair your breathing through your nose and cause headaches and facial pain. Your face might feel swollen and puffy, especially around your eyes.
Other symptoms of sinusitis include:
- Ear pressure
- Nasal congestion
- Aching jaw and teeth
- Drainage of thick, yellow, or greenish discharge from the back of the throat or the nose
What causes sinusitis?
The common cold typically causes acute sinusitis. The cause of sinusitis isn’t definitive, but certain aspects can play a role, such as:
- A nasal passage abnormality
- Hay fever or other allergic conditions
- Certain medical conditions, such as cystic fibrosis or other autoimmune disorders
In more severe cases, sinusitis can lead to an array of complications, including:
- Other infections
- Vision problems
- Partial or total loss of the sense of smell
What are the treatments for sinusitis?
Nurse Washington diagnoses your condition by feeling for tenderness in your nose and evaluating your medical history and symptoms. She might also recommend tests like imaging and lab-work to determine your overall health.
Diagnostic testing could include a nasal endoscopy, where a thin, flexible tube with a fiber-optic light is inserted through your nose to enable Nurse Washington to inspect the inside of your sinuses.
To treat your sinusitis, Nurse Washington might recommend:
- Decongestants to aid congestion
- Antibiotics to fight bacterial infection
- Nasal corticosteroids to reduce swelling
- Over-the-counter pain relievers to relieve pain
- Anti-inflammatories to reduce any inflammation
- Saline nasal spray to rinse your nasal passages
There are also at-home methods you could try, such as:
- Getting plenty of rest
- Using a humidifier in your home
- Sleeping with your head elevated
- Drinking water and staying hydrated
- Applying a warm compress to your face
- Avoiding cigarette smoke and other air pollutants
- Rinsing your nasal passages with at-home sinus rinses
- Moistening your sinus cavities, for example breathing in the warm air from a hot shower