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Sinusitis is a common ENT condition marked by the inflammation of the paranasal sinuses. Although common, it can be pretty uncomfortable and painful and may require medical intervention in some cases. This condition can be reversed through medicine or surgery, based on the severity of the condition. Get in touch with Pristyn Care- India’s leading healthcare provider, to get the best Sinus infection. Book your FREE consultation with our experienced ENT specialists now.
Sinusitis is an ENT condition which affects 1 in 8 persons in India. It is an inflammation of the lining of the paranasal sinuses, the hollow spaces behind the face that lead to the nasal cavity. These sinuses are responsible for secreting a slimy substance called mucus, which helps keep the nasal passages moist and helps capture dirt particles, germs, allergens, etc. This condition flares up when the mucus builds up in the hollow space of the sinus and causes infection.
Generally, Sinusitis at initial stage goes away on its own with some home remedies. However, a doctor’s intervention becomes necessary in severe or recurrent cases of Sinusitis. Sinus infection treatment may include medicine, surgery, or a combination of both, depending on the severity of the condition and several other factors.
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Typically, common cold, allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps, and deviated septum are among the leading causes of Sinus infection. However, pollutants, chemical irritants, and fungal infections can also cause this condition. Various stages of Sinusitis are:
Sinuses are simply hollow spaces in the bones around the nose. The sinuses help to keep the nasal cavities moist and trapping of any germs or allergens by producing mucus or fluid.
4 types of sinuses are present around the nose and eyes.
Take these steps to reduce your risk of getting chronic sinusitis:
Chronic sinusitis lasts for a long time, over 12 weeks. Chronic sinusitis is not usually caused by bacteria and doesn’t get better with standard treatment, such as antibiotics.
Effective treatment and care can give you long-term relief from the discomforting sinusitis symptoms. At Pristyn Care, we provide all-inclusive packages for sinusitis treatment and strive to make affordable treatment accessible to all sections of society. To bring quality healthcare facilities within the reach of all, we have partnered with the best ENT hospitals in India with state-of-the-art infrastructure and world-class facilities to ensure a smooth patient treatment experience.
Our team consists of the top ENT specialists in India. They use their expertise in medicine along with advanced treatment methods to offer the best solution for sinus infection, nasal polyps and other ENT diseases. Here are some more reasons why you should choose Pristyn Care for your sinusitis treatment:
Sinusitis can cause some discomfort and may exhibit various symptoms such as runny or stuffy nose, frequent headaches, facial pain or pressure etc. If you experience any sinusitis symptoms, you must reach out to an ENT specialist to get a thorough diagnosis of your condition. The ENT specialist will begin the diagnosis by asking questions about your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle habits. Based on the findings, the doctor might suggest the following tests:
Imaging tests (CT scan or MRI): Imaging tests help doctors get a clear view of your sinuses and nasal area and look for deep inflammation or physical blockage, which may be polyps or tumors.
Nasal Endoscopy: This investigation helps doctors look inside the sinuses and get a clearer view of the problem. To perform a nasal endoscopy, ENT specialists insert a thin, flexible tube with a fiber optic light into your nose to get a view of the sinuses. The scope helps doctors look for polyps, deviated nasal septum, tumors, or other abnormalities.
An allergy test: Allergy is a leading cause of sinusitis. If the doctor suspects the condition is caused due to an allergy, they might suggest a skin allergy test. It is a quick test that helps doctors detect the allergens that are causing the condition.
Cultures: Cultures or samples from your nasal or sinus discharge may be collected when the condition doesn’t respond to treatment and keeps aggravating. In this test, the doctor will collect a swab sample from your nose and will look for the presence of bacteria and fungi.
In the initial stages, sinusitis can be treated with medication and therapy. Some non-surgical methods of treating sinus infection include:
Nasal Corticosteroids: These are nasal sprays that help prevent and treat inflammation of the sinuses’ lining. The treatment is done through fluticasone (Flonase Allergy Relief, Flonase Sensimist Allergy Relief, others), budesonide (Rhinocort Allergy), mometasone (Nasonex) and beclomethasone (Beconase AQ, Qnasl, others).
Oral of injected corticosteroids: This treatment is used in case of severe sinusitis. It involves oral or injected medicines that help relieve inflammation and other symptoms of sinusitis. These medicines can cause serious side effects when used long-term. Therefore, they’re only prescribed in very serious cases of sinus inflammation.
Medicines for allergy: If doctors identify allergy as the major cause behind sinusitis, they might recommend allergy medications..
Aspirin desensitization treatment: This treatment is prescribed if a reaction to aspirin causes your sinuses and nasal polyps. Doctors might give you larger doses of aspirin under medical supervision to increase your tolerance to it.
Antibiotics: Sinusitis can be caused due to bacterial infection. In such cases, the doctor might suggest antibiotic treatment, along with other medication, to relieve the symptoms and treat the condition.
Antifungal treatment: If your infection is due to fungi, you may receive antifungal medicines.
Medication to treat chronic sinusitis: In some cases of chronic sinusitis, doctors inject Dupilumab or Omalizumab to offer effective relief from the condition. These medicines help in shrinking nasal polyps and lessen congestion.
Immunotherapy: If sinusitis is caused by allergies, the doctor might prescribe immunotherapy, which consists of allergy shots. They help in reducing the body’s reaction to some allergens and help in lowering the symptoms of sinusitis.
When symptoms of sinus infection become severe and unmanageable through medicines and therapies, surgery becomes important. It is generally suggested in cases of chronic sinusitis. A sinus surgery generally involves removing the infected sinus, nasal polyps, bone, or to treat other conditions that might be causing the symptoms.
The 3 most commonly performed sinusitis surgeries and their procedures are as follows:
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS):
FESS is the most commonly performed surgery for sinus. It is aimed at widening the passages between the nose and sinuses to remove bone infected tissues to allow the trapped mucus to drain out. This surgery is performed with the help of an endoscope, which allows doctors to look inside your nose and sinuses, and perform the surgery with precision. An image-guided system might be used to perform FESS. This surgery is carried out in the following steps:
Step 1: The doctor puts a decongestant in the nose.
Step 2: They perform a nasal endoscopy and then inject a numbing solution into the nose.
Step 3: Next, the doctor will insert surgical tools along with the endoscope to extract bone, damaged tissue or polyps that may be causing the blockage in your sinuses.
Step 4: Finally, the doctor will pack your nose with bandages to soak blood or discharge.
Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally-invasive method of treating sinusitis, which is performed with the help of an endoscope. A small balloon is inserted into the nose with the help of an endoscope and catheter, which increases the passageway to your sinus. Here’s how this surgery is performed:
Step 1: The doctor uses local anaesthesia to sedate the patient. It is injected in the tissue lining of the nose.
Step 2: A catheter is inserted into the nose with the help of an endoscope. It is used to guide the catheter.
Step 3: The doctor puts a small balloon in the sinus, and inflates it slowly to unblock the sinuses.
Step 4: Finally, the balloon is removed.
Caldwell Luc surgery:
The Caldwell Luc Surgery is performed when other treatment methods fail to offer relief from the condition. In this surgery, the doctors access your sinuses through a new opening in your maxillary sinus, which is located behind the neck. This surgery involves the following steps:
Step 1: The doctor administers general anaesthesia to sedate the patient.
Step 2: Then, an incision is made in the gum, between the upper lip and gum tissue to access the wall of the maxillary sinus.
Step 3: In the next step, a small hole is made in the sinus wall to remove the damaged tissue or bone which is causing the problem.
Step 4: An endoscope is used to widen the opening of the sinus.
Finally, sutures are used to close the gum incision.
Sinuses are a part of the respiratory system. They pockets of air that connect to your nasal cavities, They produce mucus which is responsible for keeping your nose moist and collect dirt particles, germs, allergens, etc They also help in lightening the weight of the head, increasing the resonance of speech, and heating and humidifying the air we inhale. There are 4 paranasal sinuses, named- maxillary, ethmoid, sphenoid, and frontal sinuses.
Research says that 1 in 8 persons in India has sinusitis. This condition is very common and affects several people every year. Even though it can affect anyone, it is relatively more common in people with nasal allergies, asthma, abnormal nose structures, and nasal polyps.
Sinusitis can exhibit several symptoms. Individuals with sinusitis generally show a combination of the following symptoms:
In most cases, sinusitis gets better on its own and does not require medical intervention. If you experience symptoms of sinusitis, you can try the following home remedies to treat this condition at home:
Yes. Recurrent sinusitis is quite common. Several people experience sinusitis multiple times in a year. If someone experiences more than 4 episodes of sinusitis, he/she might have recurrent sinusitis.
Not really. In most cases, sinusitis subsides on its own and does not require medical intervention. In some other cases, treatment through medicines offer relief to the patients. Surgery is required in severe cases of sinusitis, when medicines and other methods fail to offer relief from the condition.
The nasal passage and breathing will return to normal within 2 to 3 weeks of the surgery. However, you might have to see the doctor for a couple of months after surgery.
When sinusitis turns chronic, surgery becomes requisite. Therefore, in such cases, surgery is deemed a medical necessity, and it’s therefore covered under medical insurance. However, the amount of coverage may vary. We suggest reaching out to your insurance provider to know more about the insurance coverage for sinusitis surgery.
The following tips can help you prevent sinusitis in the first place:
Here’s what you can expect before your sinusitis surgery:
Sinusitis treatment can benefit you in more ways than one. Not only does it help in relieving the discomforting symptoms, but also:
Sinus surgery costs can be different for each individual. The minimum cost of sinus surgery is around Rs. 45,000, which can go up to Rs. 70,000. The variation in the cost of sinus surgery can be attributed to various factors, consisting of but not limited to the following:
Consult with best ENT specialist at Pristyn Care and Get the estimate for the cost of Sinus Surgery.
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