Are your sinus issues not going away?
While the occasional sinus issues can often be managed with rest, hydration and home care, sometimes infections, obstructions and other sinus issues can lead to even further complications and problems. If you feel like your sinus issues never cease, then this is probably a sign that it’s time to visit our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk.
Types of Sinus Complications
When we talk about sinus complications we are referring to any additional discomfort or issues you may be dealing with regularly as a result of sinus infections and other sinus problems. Common sinus complications include,
Loss of or Decreased Sense of Smell
This can occur as a result of nasal obstruction or inflammation in the nasal cavity. This is usually the result of chronic sinusitis; however, if you do not get the proper treatment you need to get chronic sinusitis under control this could lead to total loss of smell. This is why you should see our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor if you are dealing with the classic symptoms of a chronic sinus infection.
The Spread of Infection
You thought dealing with a sinus infection was miserable enough, but if you don’t treat the problem you may discover that the infection will spread to other parts of the body. This could leave you dealing with a host of unpleasant issues including infection of the skin, ears and eyes. Again, just another reason to turn to our team for treatment.
A Cyst in the Sinuses
Another complication of an untreated sinus infection is the development of a cyst-like growth in the sinuses known as a paranasal sinus mucocele. This mass often develops when the sinuses can’t properly drain. While not dangerous, it can place increased pressure and pain in the sinuses. Since these masses can also become infected it’s important that you seek treatment right away from our qualified ENT doctor.
Don’t Ignore Signs of a Chronic Sinus Infection
If you are dealing with any sinus-related complications that don’t seem to respond to over-the-counter medications then you could be dealing with problems that stemmed from an untreated or improperly treated sinus infection. It’s important that you’re able to spot the warning signs of chronic sinusitis to prevent these complications from happening to you in the first place.
Are you dealing with complications due to chronic or recurring sinus problems? If so, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk can provide you with the individualized care you need to prevent more serious issues from happening. Call Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty today at (314) 477-4995 to schedule an evaluation.