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Could It Be Sinusitis? Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Sinusitis is a relatively common condition, affecting over 37 million Americans. If you are one of them, you may be desperate for a cure since chronic or recurring sinusitis can get in the way of your daily activities. If first-line treatments have not worked for you, it may be time to consider balloon sinuplasty at South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center, Inc. in Plantation & Fort Lauderdale FL.

Know the symptoms.

You may suspect you have sinusitis if you experience the classic symptoms and cannot attribute them to another clear cause.

  • Nasal congestion, making it hard to breathe.
  • A decrease in your sensitivity to taste and smell.
  • Headaches and general pain in your eyes, cheek area, nose, and forehead area.
  • Yellow-green discharge from your nose.
  • Ear pain.
  • Coughing and a sore throat.

Expect some diagnostic tests.

The first order of business when you visit South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center, Inc. in Plantation & Fort Lauderdale FL is to diagnose your sinusitis. Dr. Lee Mandel can ask you questions about your symptoms and medical history, including how often you have bouts of sinusitis and the treatments you have already tried. These can include breathing in water vapor with a towel draped over your head, using over-the-counter or prescription medications such as corticosteroids and anti-inflammatories, and being sure to stay well hydrated.

Then you may undergo some medical tests to be sure you have sinusitis. Dr. Lee Mandel might perform a rhinoscopy, or endoscopic procedure to examine your nasal and sinus cavities. An MRI or CT scan can also provide information about why your sinus passages are blocked.

The doctor can check for allergies if you believe that may be the cause. Another possible cause of sinusitis is a fungal infection, so you may have nasal cultures done to test for an infection that possibly could be treated with antibiotics.

Schedule your balloon sinuplasty.

If you and Dr. Lee Mandel decide balloon sinuplasty is a good option for you, you can schedule the procedure in Plantation & Fort Lauderdale FL. Since it does not always require general anesthesia and is a minimally invasive procedure, you may be able to get your treatment done at South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center, Inc. rather than the hospital.

The procedure is an out-patient one. You can generally go home within hours after your balloon sinuplasty, and in most cases, you can get back to work and regular activities within a couple of days. Serious complications are rare, and, maybe best of all, the success rate is over 90%!

You don’t need to live with sinusitis if it is interfering with your health and well-being. Give South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center, Inc. a call today at (877) 746-8763 to find out about balloon sinuplasty for treating your sinusitis. Dr. Lee Mandel can discuss this short, minimally invasive procedure and whether it can help you say goodbye forever to sinusitis.