Sinus conditions may be caused by deformities in your nose and sinus cavity, growths, fractures, improper healing and allergies. Your sinuses are precisely formed to enable breathing, add moisture and warmth to the air and filter out contaminants. Unfortunately, the role of the sinuses in protecting you from bacteria and viruses is precisely why sinus problems and allergies are so common amongst adults and children.
Our ENT specialists remain abreast of advances in treatment for sinus problems and allergies. We may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medication, lifestyle changes, and other remedies. In some cases, though, surgery is the most effective option for treatment.
Suncoast ENT Surgical Specialists offers diagnostic and treatments services for:
- Sinus Surgery
- Sinus Pain
- Sinus Headaches
- Balloon Sinuplasty
- Septoplasty/Deviated Septum
- Nasal Fractures
- Airway Restriction
Sinusitis is the inflammation of the mucus lining inside of the sinuses. Under normal circumstances, the sinuses are full of air. However, when you are congested your sinus cavity fills with fluid. The fluid may trap pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and fungi, and the pathogens proliferate and may lead to infection.
Several common conditions can lead to sinusitis, such as nasal polyps, a deviated septum, colds and nasal swelling caused by allergies. There are four different kinds of sinusitis:
Sinus pain is often accompanied by a feeling of pressure, aching or fullness over the sinus cavity. While the pain is focused on the face, it is often felt in the eyes, cheekbones and eyebrows.
A sinus headache is a headache that develops when a build-up of pressure causes your sinuses to be swollen closed, congested with mucus or infested. Your sinuses are the hollow spaces in the bones of your face that connect with the nose through small openings. Similarly to the nose, they are lined with membranes that make mucus, and the mucus drains through the small openings to the nose.
Allergies or a cold can be a common culprit behind a sinus infection. Bacteria, viruses, and fungus are other factors in sinus infections and sinus congestion. When the swelling and congestion or infection causes pressure, you experience a sinus headache.