With fall allergies upon us, and cold and flu season starting, more than one in eight adults will experience chronic sinus infection sinusitis this year.
The result is nasal congestion, drainage, coughing, headaches, worsened asthma, as well as many missed days of school and work.
First line of treatment of sinusitis typically consists of decongestants, nasal sprays, oral steroids which come with side effects and rounds of antibiotics, which carry an increased chance of getting a resistant bacterial infection.
In the past, sufferers of chronic sinusitis, defined as more than four sinus infections per year, were limited to two treatment options: medication therapy or conventional sinus surgery under general anesthesia. Recently, there have been advances in medical science, opening new doors to break the sinusitis cycle.
Another option balloon sinus dilation (BSD) an innovative, gentler procedure performed in the physicians office under local anesthesia, can successfully treat the condition.
With BSD, a narrow tip or balloon instrument is inserted into the nose and into the opening of the narrowed or blocked sinuses, explains Jeffrey Weingarten, M.D., a board certified otolaryngologist and BSD specialist at Ear, Nose and Throat Consultants in Southfield.
When it is inside the sinus opening, the balloon is inflated and the sinus opening ...