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Cause Of Chronic Sinusitis

Cause of Chronic Sinusitis

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If you have congestion, tenderness around the eyes and cheeks, and a reduced sense of smell? You might be one of 37 million Americans living with chronic sinusitis.
Chronic sinusitis is a common condition that causes the sinus cavities around the nasal passages to become inflamed or irritated. Though it’s normal for sinuses to become inflamed from time to time, if your sinuses remain inflamed for more than eight weeks, it could be considered a chronic sinus condition. There are several conditions that can be the cause blocked or inflamed sinuses for weeks at a time, including:

  • Nasal Polyps – Nasal polyps are small tissue growths that might block the nasal passages and sinuses.
  • Allergies – A lot of people who have allergic reactions to common ailments, such as pollen, mold, and ragweed, might also experience chronic sinusitis symptoms.
  • Deviated Septum – A deviated septum is a condition in which the nasal septum is out of alignment. This can cause a variety of issues, including difficulty breathing and chronic sinusitis.
  • Trauma to the face – A broken facial bone could cause the sinuses to become blocked, eventually leading to recurring sinus problems.
  • Complications from pre-existing medical conditions – Complications with conditions such as cystic fibrosis or other immune-system related diseases may result in nasal blockage and inflammation.

Are There Treatment Options for Chronic Sinusitis?
The treatment your ear, nose, and throat physician chooses depends greatly on the cause of your sinusitis. The most common treatment options include:

  • Saline nasal irrigation
  • Decongestants
  • Oral or injected corticosteroids
  • Immunotherapy (Only if allergies are the cause)
  • Balloon Sinuplasty (minimally invasive in-office treatment)
  • Surgery (If you have large nasal polyps that need to be removed)

Breathe Sinus can help you find relief from chronic sinusitis and other ear, nose and throat issues.  Call (219) 769-NOSE to schedule an appointment at our Fort Worth office.

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