Congestion and stuffiness are experienced by most people at certain points throughout the year. Often, these symptoms arise from periodic allergies or from a head cold. Rest, allergy medication and nasal sprays can often alleviate these bouts of congestion without the need for seeing an ENT specialist. For certain individuals, though, chronic sinusitis can hinder the body’s ability to self-heal.
If experience chronic sinusitis symptoms and live in or around Boca Raton, FL, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bradford Ress, an esteemed ENT doctor. If you are uncertain if you may need medical attention to address chronic sinus infections, this overview will provide basic information about the condition.
Chronic Sinusitis: Symptoms and Causes
Also known as chronic rhinosinusitis, the condition arises when the spaces inside your sinuses are inflamed and swollen for a period of three months or longer, even after treatment. Chronic sinusitis is different than normal congestion. Chronic sinusitis interferes with the normal drainage of mucus. The results can make breathing difficult. Chronic rhinosinusitis can affect children as well as adults of all ages.
Common symptoms associated with sinusitis include:
- Discolored discharge from sinuses
- Nasal inflammation
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Tenderness or pain around eyes and cheeks
- Reduced sense of smell
- Reduced ability to taste
- Sore throat
It is important to understand the difference between acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis. Dr. Ress can treat both conditions at his Boca Raton medical office. Acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis have similar symptoms. Acute sinusitis is typically associated with a cold. The condition is not considered chronic until the symptoms last for 12 weeks or longer. Patients often experience bouts of acute sinusitis before developing chronic rhinosinusitis.
You do not have to wait for symptoms to last 12 weeks to seek relief at our Boca Raton office. The symptoms of sinusitis can make work and daily life difficult. If you are seeking relief from even mild levels of congestion, Dr. Ress can offer effective treatment. Without proper treatment and a diagnosis of the cause of your sinus infections, your symptoms may become worse over time.
During your examination, Dr. Ress will determine the cause of your symptoms. Common causes of chronic sinusitis include:
- Nasal polyps (tissue growths within the sinuses)
- Deviated nasal septum (crooked cartilage wall between the nostrils)
- Certain medical conditions
- Respiratory tract infections
Treatment Options for Chronic Sinusitis
Dr. Ress offers multiple treatment options for patients suffering from chronic sinus infections.
- Balloon sinuplasty (a minimally invasive option to enlarge nasal passage)
- Turbinate reduction
- Allergy testing
- Sinus surgery
By working with Dr. Ress, you will be in the hands of one of the most esteemed surgeons in the area. Dr. Ress is Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and Fellowship-trained in Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery. He is nationally recognized in this field. Dr. Ress has hospital privileges at the following facilities:
- Boca Raton Regional Hospital
- Boca Raton Outpatient Surgery and Laser Center
- Aventura Hospital
Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Ress Today
The procedures offered at our Boca Raton office are not quick fixes. Treatments such as balloon sinuplasty are safe and effective. Many of our patients have found relief from congestion for several years or longer following treatment. If you have recurring symptoms of sinusitis, there may be an underlying cause that can be effectively addressed at Ress ENT, Ear Nose and Throat Specialists. To schedule your meeting with Dr. Ress, please contact our office online or call us at (561) 353-7377.