Sinus issues can be a debilitating issue that keeps people from enjoying life and focusing on the daily tasks they need to complete. When sinus infections turn into chronic sinusitis – 4 or more sinus infections a year – then it’s time to consider other options. For many people, there are at-home treatments that prove to work for some, but not everyone. In the end, more long-term and permanent solutions could be the answer. One of those long-term solutions is sinus surgery. That might sound somewhat scary at first, but it’s not as invasive as you might think. It’s also proven to work and get people back to living. But when should you have sinus surgery? When is it time?
To know the answer to that question, you’ll need to consult your doctor or an ear, nose and throat specialist, AKA an otolaryngologist, who can assess and diagnose properly. At that point, solutions will be discussed. Generally though, sinus surgery isn’t the first thing to try either, as there are other methods to finding relief. If none of those work and you’re eligible for sinus surgery, then that’s usually the next step.
But why should you have sinus surgery?
When you have chronic sinusitis, it’s extremely painful, especially when it lasts for long periods of time. After a while, you’ll want to get rid of it as fast as possible. Nobody has the time to deal with constant pain. Nobody. So consulting with a doctor first is the best decision that you can make for your health. Just watch the testimonials below to hear from people who needed help and received it from the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute:
What can I do to relieve the pain for now?
Again, remember that the best solutions come from an ENT specialist. To do that, just call us at 770-740-1860 for a same-day or Saturday appointment. But until then, here are some things you can do now to relieve some of the pain and pressure.
- Drink plenty of fluids to thin out the mucus.
- Avoid dairy, which thickens the mucus.
- Use a nasal irrigation system (e.g. Neti Pot) that cleans out the nasal and sinus passages (Note, please use filtered water, not tap).
- If allergies are the issue, take a shower and clean the clothes you were wearing immediately so that pollen and dust don’t collect in your house.
- Eating spicier foods can help decongest. Also, eat and drink plenty of vitamin-C.
Are there other solutions?
Another long-term and permanent solution to chronic sinusitis is balloon sinuplasty, a non-invasive procedure that’ll have you feeling great within 24 hours. A small device is inflated to open up the passages, allowing for better drainage. For more information, watch the videos below:
There you have it. Relief from chronic sinusitis is possible with our sinus surgery and balloon sinuplasty options. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 770-740-1860 or fill out the form at the top of the page for same-day appointments.
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