It may seem odd that a simple inflammation of tissues in your sinuses could cause such discomfort and pain. If you’ve ever had sinusitis, you know that it can be a truly miserable condition.
Your sinuses aren’t just located in your nose – they are also located behind your eyes, forehead and cheeks. These areas are lined with mucous membranes. If these tissues become inflamed, the normal, healthy airflow and drainage of mucus becomes blocked, leading to an infection.
Sinusitis can develop as a complication from the common cold. However, sinus blockage can also be caused by smoking, a polyp in your nasal cavity, a deviated septum, a condition called allergic rhinitis (the swelling in your nasal cavity lining) or other conditions that affect your sinus tissue. Unfortunately, this is quite common. In fact, it is estimated that 35 million Americans have sinusitis at least once a year. People of all ages can develop sinusitis. Children may be more susceptible if they are around cigarette smoke, use a pacifier or drink from a bottle while lying down.
Symptoms of sinusitis include headache, sinus pressure,facial pain, stuffy nose, post nasal drip, sore throat, cough, fullness in the ears and tooth pain. If severe, sinusitis symptoms can last 12 weeks or more.
Dr. Michael Riesberg at Riesberg Institute is one of the only Ear Nose & Throat specialists in the Pensacola area to offer a breakthrough procedure called Balloon Sinus Dilation (balloon sinuplasty). Performed right in the office, this advanced,minimally invasive treatment involves the insertion of a tiny balloon into the nasal passage to restore normal sinus functions. Some patients experience immediate relief and the results can last up to 2 years for some patients. You can learn more about this procedure by clicking here.
If you or a loved one are experiencing the symptoms of sinusitis in Pensacola, FL, contact Riesberg Institute by calling (850) 476-0700 or visiting our website. If you have tried other treatments without success,Dr. Riesberg can let you know if you are a good candidate for Balloon Sinus Dilation in Pensacola.