By Princeton Eye and Ear
April 19, 2019
Category: ENT
Tags: Sinus Treatment  

Have you ever suffered the pain, pressure, and drainage of sinusitis? If so, you know that relief is a top priority! At Princeton Eye and Ear Sinusin Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold, NJ, your six otolaryngologists use their expertise to skillfully treat your sinus issues. Whether you have an acute, chronic, or structural sinus problem, you can feel better. Read on to learn more!


Where are the sinuses located?

The sinuses are air-filled cavities inside the skull. As part of your upper respiratory system, they are located behind the cheekbones/nose and across the forehead. Typically, they are moist, producing the mucus that facilitates respiration and filters dust, allergens, bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants.


Why do I get sinus headaches and infections?

Bacteria and viruses cause sinus infections and the headaches that may accompany them. Sometimes, individuals have structural abnormalities such as a deviated septum, the bony partition between the right and left nostrils or polyps (benign growths).


How many people suffer from sinus issues?

The American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology says that 31 million Americans suffer from sinusitis, whether that be acute or chronic. Both may exhibit similar symptoms—a stuffy and/or runny nose, headache, coughing, bad breath, pressure in the areas of the sinuses—but the difference is that chronic infections last for more than twelve weeks, while acute infections last from four to twelve weeks.


Will I always suffer from this problem?

Not at all! Your otolaryngologist in Lawrenceville has many ways to treat both acute and chronic sinusitis. When you come to Princeton Eye and Ear, your physician will ask you about your symptoms and also examine your nose and sinuses with a lighted otoscope. He may also use X-rays and CT scans to view the interior structures of the sinuses, looking for blockages, inflammation, and other problems.


What are my treatment options?

While viral infections cannot be treated with antibiotics, bacterial sinusitis can. Additionally, nasal irrigation/decongestant and antihistamines sprays work to relieve symptoms and keep them from returning.

In very severe cases, surgery is a good option. Endoscopic sinus surgery opens narrowed air passages, allowing for better drainage of mucous. Balloon sinuplasty is another innovative operation which uses an inflatable balloon to open up the sinus passages without any tissue removal.


Learn more

Please don't put up with the debilitating symptoms of sinusitis—get the relief that you deserve by calling Princeton Eye and Ear today for a consultation with a board-certified ear, nose and throat doctor. Dial (609) 403-8940 today to set up your appointment! We have offices in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold, NJ.