A sinus infection affects the hollow spaces behind your cheeks and nose, making it hard to breathe. Richard D. Orgill, MD, with two offices in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, provides comprehensive care for sinus infections, including balloon sinuplasty and surgery for chronic sinusitis. To learn more about your treatment options for a sinus infection, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
A sinus infection, also called sinusitis, is inflammation of the sinus cavity. The sinus cavity is the hollow space behind the cheeks, nose, and between the eyes. That space is lined with mucosal tissue that moistens the air before it reaches the lungs.
The mucosal tissue also makes a thin mucus that drains into the nose. When you have a sinus infection, the mucosal tissue swells, and the mucus thickens, making it hard to breathe.
Sinus infections often occur following a cold or flu. You may also develop recurring sinus infections if you have allergies. These infections may last a few weeks or turn into a chronic problem.
Symptoms of a sinus infection vary. Common symptoms include:
Sinus infection symptoms are similar to other respiratory conditions like a cold or allergies. If you have ongoing congestion and facial pressure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Orgill. When left untreated, a sinus infection may worsen and lead to other complications.
Dr. Orgill specializes in chronic sinusitis and encourages you to come to the office for an evaluation if your sinus problems are a recurring issue.
Dr. Orgill conducts a thorough evaluation when you come in looking for help for your sinus infection. He reviews your symptoms and medical history and evaluates your ears, nose, and throat.
He may also ask about allergies or recommend allergy testing.
The ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist may also do imaging tests of the sinuses to assess the severity of the infection and determine the best course of action.
Treatment for a sinus infection depends on the severity and frequency. For mild infections, Dr. Orgill may recommend monitoring and at-home care. He may prescribe an antibiotic if you have a bacterial infection.
Dr. Orgill may also prescribe nasal corticosteroids, decongestants, or antihistamines to reduce inflammation and improve your breathing.
For chronic sinusitis, he may perform surgery to open up the sinus cavity or sinus surgery to correct conditions causing the ongoing infections like a deviated septum or sinus polyps.
Call the office of Richard D. Orgill, MD, or schedule your sinus infection consultation online today.