Chronic Sinusitis Specialist

Parkway ENT and Allergy

Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists located in Katy, TX

When your stuffy nose and sinus pressure are due to chronic sinusitis, chances are you’ll need more than standard medical treatment to get relief from your symptoms. At Parkway ENT and Allergy, PA, the team begins your treatment with conservative options. But if your symptoms persist, you can depend on his extensive experience performing successful in-office sinus balloon dilations. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Katy, Texas, or use the online booking feature.

Chronic Sinusitis Q & A

What causes sinusitis?

Sinusitis refers to a sinus infection, a problem that develops when mucus builds up inside the sinuses. Membranes inside each sinus produce mucus that drains into the nasal passages. When the membranes become inflamed, however, they block the opening, trapping mucus inside the sinus and leading to an infection.

Sinusitis is usually caused by allergies or when viruses from a cold spread into your sinuses. Problems inside your nose, such as polyps, enlarged turbinates, or a deviated septum can also block the sinus openings and prevent mucus from draining.

When do I have chronic sinusitis?

Sinusitis normally heals within four weeks. In some patients, the inflammation persists even after an acute infection gets better. When your sinusitis lasts 12 weeks or longer and you have at least two of the four primary symptoms, you have chronic sinusitis.

What symptoms develop due to chronic sinusitis?

The four primary symptoms of chronic sinusitis include:

  • Stuffy or congested nose
  • Pain or pressure around your sinuses
  • Thickened, discolored nasal discharge
  • Loss of smell

Many patients experience additional symptoms such as:

  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Earache
  • Fatigue
  • Postnasal drip

If a viral infection triggered your sinus infection, you may also have a low-grade fever.

How is chronic sinusitis treated?

If Dr. Sycamore suspects your chronic sinusitis is associated with allergies, he may recommend allergy testing followed by allergy shots or sublingual immunotherapy. If you don’t have allergies, however, treatment for chronic sinusitis begins with medications such as nasal steroids, nasal saline irrigation, or antibiotics if you have a bacterial infection.

Dr. Sycamore repairs structural problems such as polyps or a deviated septum with endoscopic surgery. Chronic sinusitis is often persistent and difficult to treat with routine medical care, but Dr. Sycamore offers an innovative treatment that produces long-lasting results: in-office sinus balloon dilation.

How does a sinus balloon dilation treat chronic sinusitis?

Sinus balloon dilation is a minimally invasive procedure performed in the office. Dr. Sycamore inserts a thin endoscope through your nose and into the infected sinus. Then he inflates a small balloon that opens the passageway, allowing mucus to drain out of the sinus. After Dr. Sycamore rinses the sinus, he removes the balloon and endoscope, and you finally have relief from your chronic sinusitis. 

If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, call Parkway ENT and Allergy or schedule an appointment online.