By Dr. Sassan Falsafi
September 18, 2013
Category: ENT
Tags: Sinus Relief   ENT  

Find Sinus Relief in Lafayette from Dr. Sassan Falsafi 

 
If chronic sinus complications are troubling you, you are not alone.  A sinus problem typically beings with a viral head cold, in which congestion in your nose blocks the drainage of your sinuses that can lead to acute sinusitis.  Both your nose and your sinuses are lined by moisturizing mucus membranes, so when mucus can’t get out of the sinuses, bacteria begin to grow and that causes sinus infections. And when you can’t breathe, visiting Dr. Sassan Falsafi for sinus relief in Lafayette is vital. 
 
Dr. Falsafi will work with each patient in Lafayette for sinus relief so that he or she can continue with their daily activities without complications.  After all, if you can’t breathe properly it can take a toll on your day.
 

Let’s take a look at sinus infections:

 
Acute bacterial sinusitis is an infection of the sinus cavities that is caused by bacteria and is usually preceded by a cold, allergy attack, or irritation by environmental pollutants.  Unlike a cold, however, bacterial sinusitis requires a proper diagnosis from Dr. Falsafi, ENT in Lafayette, and treatment with an antibiotic to cure the infection and prevent future complications. 
 
Mucus normally collects in the sinuses and drains into the nasal passages, but when you have a cold or an allergy attack; your sinuses become inflamed and are unable to drain.  Without drainage, this can lead to congestion and infection.  Your ENT will diagnose acute sinusitis if you have up to 4 weeks of purulent nasal drainage accompanied by nasal obstruction, facial pain-pressure-fullness, or both.  The sinus infection is likely bacterial if it persists for 10 days or longer, or if the symptoms worsen after an initial improvement.
 
Acute sinusitis becomes chronic when you have frequent sinusitis, or the infection lasts more than three months.  Symptoms of chronic sinusitis may be less severe than those of acute, but untreated chronic sinusitis can cause damage to the sinuses and cheekbones that sometimes can require surgery to repair.  Antibiotic therapy for bacterial sinusitis may be an appropriate treatment for your sinusitis. 
 
If Dr. Sassan Falsafi, Lafayette ENT, thinks that you have chronic sinusitis, intensive antibiotic therapy may be prescribed.  If medical therapy fails, in-office balloon sinuplasty under local anesthesia in Lafayette is offered to eliminate physical obstructions that may contribute to sinusitis. 
 
From acute sinusitis to chronic sinusitis, facial pain and allergies, it is important to visit Dr. Sassan Falsafi for further diagnosis and treatment.  Take the next step toward sinus relief in Lafayette by visiting Dr. Falsafi immediately.
By doctor@lamorindaent.com
December 27, 2012
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By doctor@lamorindaent.com
October 30, 2012
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Rhinosinusitis: Clarifying The Relationship Between The Sinuses And Rhinitis (stuffy Nose)

Recent studies by otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeons have better defined the association between rhinitis and sinusitis. They have concluded that sinusitis is often preceded by rhinitis and rarely occurs without concurrent rhinitis. The symptoms, nasal obstruction/discharge and loss of smell, occur in both disorders. Most importantly, computed tomography (CT scan) findings have established that the mucosal linings of the nose and sinuses are simultaneously involved in the common cold (previously, thought to affect only the nasal passages). Otolaryngologists, acknowledging the inter-relationship between the nasal and sinus passages, now refer to sinusitis as rhinosinusitis.

The catalyst relating the two disorders is thought to involve nasal sinus overflow obstruction, followed by bacterial colonization and infection leading to acute, recurrent, or chronic sinusitis. Likewise, chronic inflammation due to allergies can lead to obstruction and subsequent sinusitis.

Other medical research has supported the close relationship between allergic rhinitis and sinusitis. In a retrospective study on sinus abnormalities in 1,120 patients (from two to 87 years of age), thickening of the sinus mucosa was more commonly found in sinusitis patients during July, August, September, and December, months in which pollen, mold, and viral epidemics are prominent. A review of patients (four to 83 years of age) who had surgery to treat their chronic sinus conditions revealed that those with seasonal allergy and nasal polyps are more likely to experience a recurrence of their sinusitis. 

September 07, 2012
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