Find out if you are dealing with chronic sinusitis and why.
Most people dealing with the dreaded symptoms of a sinus infection can expect to recover within 10 to 14 days; however, when symptoms persist for months on end then you’re looking at a chronic sinus infection, which requires more specialized care from our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk. Here are some reasons why you might be dealing with a chronic sinus infection,
Chronic Nasal Inflammation
Sinus infections occur when there is swelling or inflammation in the nasal passages. When there is inflammation it’s hard for the area to properly drain all of the buildup, which can lead to an infection. With chronic nasal inflammation comes an increased risk for recurring sinus infections.
A Past Nasal Fracture
Have you previously broken your nose? This is a common fracture! Unfortunately, sometimes the bones don’t heal properly or they lead to other fractures deeper within the sinuses. Either way, people who have broken their noses in the past are more likely to deal with chronic sinus infections. Be sure to let us know at your next appointment that you have experienced a nasal fracture in the past.
Sometimes nasal passages develop little benign growths known as polyps. They aren’t dangerous or cancerous, but they can obstruct the sinuses, which can make it more difficult for the sinuses to drain. As a result, those with nasal polyps are also more likely to deal with sinus infections. Fortunately, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor can remove polyps if they are causing your chronic sinus infections.
Inaccurate Diagnosis of Symptoms
Another reason you may be dealing with recurring symptoms is that you received an inaccurate diagnosis or you misdiagnosed yourself. After all, treating the cause of your symptoms rather than the symptoms themselves is the best way to ward away recurring sinus infections. For example, treating sinus infections that you think are due to allergies isn’t going to be effective against structural defects, nasal polyps and a deviated septum.
If you find yourself dealing with persistent or treatment-resistant sinus infections it might be time to get some answers from our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor so you know what’s really going on. After all, symptoms of nasal polyps, a deviated septum, structural abnormalities in the sinuses can look an awful lot like a sinus infection.
If recurring sinus infections are happening to you, isn’t it time you found out why? Let our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk provide you with the answers you’re looking for. Call Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty today at (314) 477-4995 to learn more.