Nasal disorders, including nasal polyps and sinus problems, are among the most common complaints addressed by Dr. Donald Burt — an ear, nose, and throat specialist treating patients in Gilroy, California. Nasal problems affect people of all ages and may be due to colds, allergies, and numerous environmental toxins. Make an appointment with Dr. Burt to get a concrete diagnosis and treatment plan — including possible surgery — for your nasal problems. Call the office or use the online booking tool.
Your head contains eight sinus cavities arranged symmetrically. Sinuses reduce the total weight of your head and affect the tone of your voice. That's why clogged sinuses make it sound like you’re underwater.
Sinus membranes produce mucus. Small openings from your sinuses drain the mucus into your nose. Infected mucus membranes result in acute sinusitis. Sinusitis can be the result of a virus, bacterial infection, allergies, or exposure to pollutants that inflame the membranes.
Sinusitis can cause severe discomfort and pain. You may experience the following symptoms:
If you have recurring sinus infections or symptoms lasting 12 weeks or longer, you may qualify for a chronic sinusitis diagnosis and begin receiving medical intervention. Antibiotics and steroids are ineffective for chronic sinusitis.
Sinus surgery aims to make drainage of the sinuses more efficient, which involves removing blockages and draining any mucus. Surgery usually requires removal of the following:
Most people overcome chronic sinusitis without surgery, but you may be a candidate if drug and home treatments fail to alleviate your discomfort and sinus issues after four to six weeks.
If the first course of treatment is unsuccessful, Dr. Burt usually orders a CT scan that could reveal nasal polyps or other issues that prevent your sinuses from draining as they should.
You may also need surgery if your sinus infection is due to a fungus or you have a rare infection that spreads beyond your sinuses.
Recovery involves several days of downtime and avoiding strenuous activity, blowing your nose, or bending forward.
Dr. Burt may recommend a humidifier to keep the air you breathe moist and to rinse your nasal cavities with saltwater washes. He may also pack your nose with gauze to absorb blood and other drainages.
To find out if you qualify for sinus surgery or other treatments, call Dr. Burt’s office or use the online booking tool.