Sinusitis and sinus infections can occur on an acute or chronic basis. These infections can cause unpleasant symptoms that can result in considerable discomforts, such as facial pain. Patients in Tustin and Los Alamitos, California who need care for sinusitis and sinus infections can receive treatment from Dr. Charles Oh at Tustin Ear, Nose & Throat, Sinus and Allergy Center.

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What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses that causes mucus to build up in these nasal passages. It’s a common condition that can occur on a temporary basis or over a longer period. Sinusitis can occur at any age, although it usually occurs in adults.

What Causes Sinusitis and Sinus Infections?

Sinusitis and sinus infections occur when mucus accumulates in the sinuses. That happens when an underlying cause leads to drainage problems in these nasal passages. The common cold virus usually causes acute sinusitis and sinus infections.

Causes of chronic sinusitis include respiratory infections, hay fever and other allergies, nasal polyps, and a deviated nasal septum. Dr. Oh offers diagnostic services to determine the cause of sinusitis and sinus infections in patients.

What are the Signs of Sinusitis and Sinus Infections?

Signs and symptoms of acute sinusitis and sinus infections include facial pain around the eyes, nose, and forehead that usually becomes more severe when leaning down. Other symptoms include trouble breathing through the nose, nasal congestion, and a thick green or yellow discharge that comes out of the nose. This discharge might also go down the throat toward the back.

Acute sinusitis can also cause ear pressure, trouble smelling and tasting, headaches, fatigue, and fever. Chronic sinusitis causes similar symptoms as acute sinusitis, but fatigue is usually more severe. The symptoms of chronic sinusitis also typically last for a longer period. Acute and chronic sinusitis can cause complications, such as meningitis, a loss of smell, and vision problems, although these are rare.

How Does Dr. Oh Treat Sinusitis and Sinus Infections?

Viruses cause acute sinusitis, so it usually clears up on its own. Treatments for this condition involve relieving symptoms. Treatment options for acute sinusitis include saline nasal sprays, over-the-counter pain relievers, decongestants, and nasal corticosteroids. Chronic sinusitis treatment involves reducing inflammation and clearing up nasal passages so that mucus can drain. Treating the underlying cause can also provide relief.

Treatment options for chronic sinusitis include saline nasal sprays, nasal corticosteroids, and antibiotics if a bacterial infection is present. For severe cases of chronic sinusitis, Dr. Oh sometimes uses oral corticosteroids or corticosteroid injections. When medication and other forms of treatment don’t work, he may also recommend sinus surgery.

What is a PROPEL sinus stent?

PROPEL is proven to improve surgical outcomes for chronic sinusitis sufferers.

PROPEL works by being the only device clinically shown to keep the sinuses open after surgery, deliver anti-inflammatory medication directly into the healing tissues, and then dissolve.

The innovative sinus stent decreases post-operative scarring and inflammation, reducing the need for additional surgical procedures as well as oral steroids and their potential side effects. At the same time, PROPEL’s spring-like, lightweight design means patients usually cannot even tell that it is there.

Please watch the videos to learn more about how the PROPEL stent works.

PROPEL Stent: How It Works

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For more information on treatments for sinusitis and sinus infections, contact Tustin Ear, Nose & Throat, Sinus and Allergy Center to set up an appointment with Dr. Oh.