Can't shake that cold? Maybe it's really sinusitis, an acute or chronic inflammation of the lining of the sinuses. At Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, Dr. Ryan Gallivan is an expert in sinus treatment. You can conquer this fatiguing condition and feel much better.
What are the sinuses?
The sinuses are air-filled bony passages inside your skull. They are lined with soft mucus membranes which filter, warm and moisturize the air you breathe. Also, your sinuses influence the sound of your voice and both lighten and strengthen your skull.
What is a sinus infection?
Sinuses are prone to bacterial and viral infection. Allergens, such as pollen, mold, and pet dander irritate them. Some people's sinuses are obstructed by benign nasal polyps or structural problems such as a deviated nasal septum.
Symptoms of this lingering malady include:
- Facial pain and pressure across the forehead, behind and under the eyes and in the teeth
- Malaise and fatigue
- Nasal congestion and post-nasal drip
- Ear ache
In his Bend, OR, office, Dr. Gallivan examines the nasal passages with a small, lighted endoscope. He may perform low-dose CT scan imaging as well. He asks about symptoms, their duration, and what may aggravate or relieve them.
For bacterial infections, the doctor usually prescribes antibiotics, but symptoms must persist for seven to 10 days or more. Viral infections do not respond to this medication. In either case, these palliative measures help until the infection runs its course:
- Ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain and fever
- Nasal decongestant sprays or oral medications
- Ample hydration
- Saline irrigation with a Neti pot
- Room humidification (or take advantage of the steam in a hot shower or bath)
- Warm compresses to the face
For sinus infections related to nasal obstructions, Dr. Gallivan may advise Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, or FESS or balloon sinuplasty to open mechanically obstructed nasal passages. These minimally invasive surgeries are performed right at Northwest Sinus Center with excellent results and only mild discomfort.
Preventing sinus problems
The Cleveland Clinic says that smoking irritates the sinuses and should be avoided. Here's what you should do to keep your sinuses as healthy as possible"
- Blow your nose gently, one nostril at a time
- Avoid your allergy triggers
- Wash your hands
- Eat a healthy diet to keep your immune system strong
At Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, Dr. Ryan Gallivan is a premier rhinologist who delivers the best in patient outcomes. If you're suffering with your sinuses, let him and his capable team help. You can feel much better. Call the office team for a consultation: (855) 746-8700.
Sinus congestion and other symptoms can lead to painful headaches that disrupt your day. Dr. Ryan Gallivan, your ENT in Bend, OR, offers treatments for the sinus conditions that cause sinus headaches.
Why Do I Have a Sinus Headache?
Infection or inflammation of your sinus can lead to a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including:
- Headaches: Headache pain is usually centered in your forehead and around your eyes and nose.
- Pressure: You may feel pressure in these same areas. Lowering your head may increase the pressure or make your headache feel worse.
- Nasal Congestion: Your nose may feel stuffy, and you might find it more difficult to breathe easily. Your sense of smell may also be affected.
- Pain in Your Upper Teeth: That toothache may actually be related to your sinus issue and not tooth decay. Infection or inflammation can irritate the nerves of your upper teeth, triggering pain in teeth.
- Post-Nasal Drip: Poor drainage can cause mucus to drip down the back of your throat. Mucus can accumulate in your stomach overnight and make you feel a little nauseated first thing in the morning.
- Coughing: Coughing may also occur.
- Fever: You may develop a fever if you have a sinus infection, although this doesn't always happen.
- Fatigue: Dealing with an infection or inflammation of your sinuses can leave you feeling drained and lethargic.
You may be more likely to develop sinus problems if your allergies cause your sinuses to become inflamed, or you've recently had a cold or another upper respiratory infection. In some cases, sinus headaches may not actually be caused by an issue with your sinuses. Sometimes, migraines and tension headaches can feel just like sinus headaches.
What Can I Do About My Sinus Headache?
Over-the-counter pain relievers can decrease pain and inflammation, while decongestants relieve congestion. If you tend to experience sinus headaches more often during allergy season, your ENT may recommend an allergy test. Allergy medication can help keep your symptoms under control if you are diagnosed with allergies.
If home treatment doesn't relieve your symptoms, your ENT can offer prescription medications, such as decongestants, antibiotics or corticosteroids, during a visit to his Bend office. Balloon sinuplasty or minimally invasive surgery may be recommended if other treatments aren't effective or you've developed chronic sinus issues.
Balloon sinuplasty involves inflating a small balloon in your sinuses to widen the passages, while surgery is used to remove obstructions/blockages, improve drainage/breathing, and reduce pressure.
Need Relief? Give Us a Call
Do you suffer from sinus headaches? Call your Bend, OR, ENT, Dr. Gallivan, at (855) 746-8700 to schedule an appointment and find relief.
A sinus headache happens when your sinus passages, located behind your nose, eyes, forehead, and cheeks become congested. You can feel it on both or either side of your head and you’ll feel pressure or pain anywhere or all over your sinus area, and not just in the head. In most cases, a sinus headache is a warning sign of sinusitis. However, it can also occur if your sinuses are triggered, such as when you have an allergic reaction.
Based on your specific sinus headache symptoms, our doctor, Dr. Ryan Gallivan of Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, can create a suitable treatment plan for you. In general, your treatment plan could include home remedies, OTC or prescription meds, or surgery, if your sinus headache is particularly severe.
Home Remedies for Treating Sinus Headaches
To reduce the symptoms of a sinus headache decongesting the sinuses is key. The following home remedies might help:
- Use a saline nasal spray or drops and run a humidifier to moisten the air, which in turn, can relieve your clogged sinuses.
- Breathe in steam or apply a warm cloth on your sinus area to ease pressure and trigger drainage.
- Gently press on the pressure points of your sinuses to promote drainage. This includes the area between your eyes and your nose bridge. Gently apply continuous pressure or tap on the area for a minute.
- Lightly press both sides of the nose and tip your head as you blow your nose to trigger drainage.
Prescription Medicines for Sinus Headaches
If your sinus headaches are caused by a stubborn sinus infection, your doctor might prescribe mucolytics for clearing up your mucus, decongestants for decongesting your nasal passages, and antihistamines for inflammation and/or allergy symptoms. But you won’t be prescribed antibiotic medications unless you have a bacterial infection caused by your sinusitis. If allergies are the cause of your sinus headaches, you may be prescribed antihistamines and/or corticosteroid injections. On the other hand, if chronic sinusitis is causing your sinus headaches, you may need to undergo a nasal surgery procedure like balloon sinuplasty to keep your sinus headaches at bay.
Get rid of sinus headaches once and for all.
Contact Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, at (855) 746-8700. Dr. Ryan Gallivan will help you find the right combination of treatments to give you sinus relief.
Find out how balloon sinuplasty could alleviate your chronic sinusitis.
Millions of Americans deal with sinus infections every year, and they often find the relief they need through medication. However, what happens if the issue doesn’t go away? If chronic sinusitis is making it difficult for you to breathe, our otolaryngologist, Dr. Ryan Gallivan of Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, can help.
What is chronic sinusitis?
Chronic sinusitis refers to an infection of the sinuses that doesn’t respond to at-home treatment and remains for three months or more even with care. Symptoms of sinusitis include,
- Stuffy nose
- Thick nasal discharge
- Nasal congestion
- Facial pain and pressure
- Difficulty breathing through your nose
- Nasal inflammation
- Postnasal drip
In order for sinusitis to be characterized as chronic, symptoms must persist for at least 12 weeks. Therefore, if your sinusitis symptoms aren’t responding to at-home care or improving, it’s time to turn to our Bend, OR, office.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
This minimally invasive procedure is performed right here in our office. During treatment, a thin catheter with a deflated balloon at the end will be gently inserted into the nasal cavity where it will then be inflated. As the balloon inflates, it will open up the sinuses to help them drain properly.
From there, the passages will be irrigated to remove any mucus, pus, or bacteria before the balloon and catheter are removed. Once they are removed, the nasal passages will remain open. The entire procedure usually takes no more than 30 minutes and recovery time is minimal compared to traditional sinus surgery.
Who should consider balloon sinuplasty?
This procedure could be a major benefit to those dealing with unresponsive and severe chronic sinusitis. During a consultation, Dr. Gallivan will be able to assess your condition to determine whether you are a good candidate for this sinus treatment. Patients who benefit from sinus infection are usually dealing with,
- Headaches that originate around the eyes
- Recurring or persistent sinus infections or nasal problems
- Chronic and unexplained bad breath
- Reduced sense of smell and taste
- Trouble breathing through the nose
Need relief? Contact us
Call Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, today at (855) 746-8700 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Ryan Gallivan.
Find out if you could be dealing with a sinus infection.
Sometimes a stuffy nose is the result of allergies or a cold; however, other times your symptoms may be masquerading as a cold but could actually be a sinus infection. Learn more about the distinguishing signs of a sinus infection and when your infection warrants seeing our Bend, OR, otolaryngologist, Dr. Ryan Gallivan, for treatment.
What is a sinus infection?
A sinus infection occurs when a virus or bacteria has infected the nasal passages. While a cold usually won’t cause a sinus infection, it can leave you susceptible to developing one. You could be dealing with a sinus infection if you are experiencing any of these symptoms,
- Facial pressure and pressure behind the eyes
- A runny or stuffed up nose that doesn’t go away
- Postnasal drip (mucus that drains down your throat)
- Persistent bad breath
- Lack of smell
While a stuffy nose, fatigue, and mucous drainage can also be symptoms of a cold, cold symptoms usually last about 5 to 10 days while a sinus infection (also known as sinusitis) can last up to a month or longer. While colds will dissipate on their own rather quickly, someone with a sinus infection will likely require medication, or else face an extended period of acute discomfort.
How do you treat a sinus infection?
You should schedule an appointment with us if you are dealing with symptoms such as fever, nasal congestion, mucus discharge, or facial pain for more than 10 days.
Sometimes, simple over-the-counter nasal sprays and decongestants can alleviate symptoms until the infection goes away; however, many of these over-the-counter medications shouldn’t be used for more than a couple days, so it’s important not to take them longer than directed. An antihistamine may also be used if allergies are causing your sinus problems. Some patients turn to natural solutions such as a Neti Pot to irrigate and clean out the nasal passages.
While rare, a sinus infection can be caused by bacteria. In the case of a bacterial infection, antibiotics will need to be prescribed to effectively treat the infection.
Need relief? Give us a call
Don’t let a severe or worsening sinus infection affect your daily routine. Call Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, today at (855) 746-8700 to schedule an appointment.
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