Over 37 million people each year have sinusitis, making it one of the most common health problems in the United States. If you suffer from this common, debilitating condition, contact ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr. Donald Burt in Gilroy, California. He can help you ease the symptoms of the viral infection and prevent it from progressing to a bacterial or fungal infection. Call Burt’s office to make an appointment or use the online booking agent.
Your sinuses are small cavities in your skull that make mucus, which protects your nasal passages and keeps them clear of pollutants. They’re normally filled with air.
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the lining of these cavities. Bacterial, viral, or microbial infections can cause the irritation or infection that leads to sinusitis.
Sinusitis can be acute or chronic. Acute sinusitis comes on suddenly and lasts up to four weeks. Chronic sinusitis occurs frequently or lasts longer than 12 weeks.
You might develop sinusitis due to a cold or allergy. In men and women with weak immune systems, a fungus can be the cause.
The main symptoms of sinusitis are a runny nose and pain or pressure around the head and face. You may also have a postnasal drip or discharge. Other common symptoms include the following:
Dr. Burt performs a thorough exam to diagnose the cause of your sinusitis. In cases of chronic sinusitis, the cause can be difficult to pinpoint. A problem with the structure of the nasal passages can cause chronic sinusitis.
Growths called nasal polyps that prevent proper drainage might also be responsible. Dr. Burt may order imaging tests to diagnose these more complex causes.
If a viral infection causes your sinusitis, it usually resolves on its own within 10 to 14 days. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but Dr. Burt can offer lifestyle remedies to ease your symptoms:
If your sinusitis is due to a bacterial infection, Dr. Burt may prescribe antibiotics. He may also recommend over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen, decongestants, and allergy medications to ease discomfort immediately.
In cases of severe and chronic sinusitis, Dr. Burt may prescribe inhaled or oral steroids or balloon sinuplasty.
Avoid contact with people with colds to reduce your risk of developing an upper respiratory infection that can turn into sinusitis. Talk to Dr. Burt about keeping your allergies under control. If you live in a dry climate, he recommends a humidifier to keep your nasal passages moist and less vulnerable to irritation.
Make an appointment with Dr. Burt by picking up the phone or using the online booking agent.