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Balloon Sinuplasty

What Are the Sinuses?

Paranasal sinuses are air filled pockets located in the head. There are four pairs of sinuses:

• Maxillary sinuses
• Frontal sinuses
• Ethmoid sinuses
• Sphenoid sinuses

How do healthy sinuses work?

When you breathe in air, mucus in the sinuses humidifies the air and collects bacteria and pollutants.

Tiny hairs lining the sinuses move the mucus (with pollutants) out of the sinus, into your throat.

You then swallow the mucus, and your stomach acid destroys the bacteria and pollutants.

Colds, allergies, environmental irritants or other conditions can slow or block natural drainage, and irritate the sinus lining. This, in turn, can lead to swelling, additional blockage, and sinusitis.

We Treat Sinusitis at Ear, Nose and Throat Associates of Nassau County.

Sinusitis is a common condition that afflicts over 35 million Americans every year.

The sinuses are air-filled spaces behind the forehead, cheeks, and eyes. In healthy sinuses, mucus drains out and air is able to circulate. Sinusitis describes a swelling (inflammation) of the sinuses that can lead to blockages and prevent mucous from draining properly. This can lead to infection.

At Ear, Nose and Throat Associates of Nassau County we see many patients suffering from chronic and recurrent sinusitis each week.

What Causes Sinusitis?

A number of factors can cause irritation and contribute to sinusitis, including:

• bacteria
• viruses
• fungus

In addition, some studies have shown that structural issues such as narrowed drainage pathways may lead to sinusitis outbreaks.

Sinusitis Symptoms

Common symptoms of sinusitis include:

• Loss of smell or bad breath
• Cough
• Headache and facial pain or tenderness
• Lack of energy
• Nasal congestion and discharge
• Sore throat and postnasal drip

Acute, Chronic, and Recurrent Acute Sinusitis

Sinusitis can be acute, chronic or recurrent acute. Every patient is unique, and requires a personal approach to therapy. Our typical treatment options include:

o Acute -- symptoms last 10-12 days – typically addressed via self-care or medical therapy
o Chronic -- symptoms last 3 months or longer—can be addressed via medical therapy, an office procedure such as balloon sinus dilation, or functional endoscopic sinus surgery
o Recurrent Acute – multiple acute sinusitis breakouts in calendar year—can be addressed via medical therapy, an office procedure such as balloon sinus dilation, or functional endoscopic sinus surgery

Want to find out which treatment option is the best for you? Schedule your initial consultation today.

Learn more about the sinusitis treatment options offered by us.

• Medical therapy
• Office balloon sinus dilation
• Endoscopic sinus surgery

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