Sinusitis can cause a pressure buildup around your nose and forehead, leading to severe facial pain. If your sinusitis has become a chronic problem, experienced otolaryngologist Frederick Ezon, MD, performs procedures like septoplasty, balloon sinuplasty and functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) to relieve sinus pain. To schedule an appointment for sinusitis, call the Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery office in Ocean Township, New Jersey, or book online today.
Sinusitis is inflammation that develops in the tissues lining your sinuses. Sinuses are hollow spaces around your nose, cheekbones, and forehead. When they’re healthy, they only contain air. But if you get a cold or have another upper respiratory tract condition, they can become blocked or filled with fluid.
Bacteria multiplying in the fluid causes an infection. The resulting inflammation causes pressure to build up inside the sinuses. As they’re surrounded by facial bone, the swollen tissues can’t expand outward. Instead, they cause intense, throbbing pain in your upper face and forehead.
Acute sinusitis typically lasts for two to four weeks, then you recover. Some people suffer recurring bouts of sinusitis, or the swelling in their sinuses never goes down, causing chronic sinusitis.
An acute attack of sinusitis should clear up without needing special treatment. You can ease the symptoms by using warm compresses and carefully inhaling steam. Over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants and anti-inflammatory painkillers like ibuprofen can reduce your pain. Saline washes are also an effective and safe way to cleanse and open the sinuses.
It’s best to limit your use of spray decongestant medications and avoid taking them for more than three days as overuse can make your sinusitis worse. A bad attack of bacterial sinusitis may require antibiotics to kill the bacteria. Some patients need powerful anti-inflammatory medication, such as steroids, to relieve sinusitis.
If you’re getting repeated sinusitis attacks or your condition has become a chronic problem, Dr. Ezon may be able to help with his expertise in sinus surgery.
If you have severe problems with your sinuses, surgery may be the best option. Dr. Ezon can perform a procedure called functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). He uses an endoscope (a thin, tubular instrument fitted with a tiny camera) to access your sinuses. This procedure is combined with image-guidance to further assure the safety and efficacy of the surgery.
Using specialized endoscopic instruments, Dr. Ezon removes areas of swollen tissue, obstruction and any bony abnormalities in your sinuses. Everything goes in and out through your nose, so he doesn’t need to make any external incisions.
To schedule an appointment for sinusitis, call the Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery office in Ocean Township, New Jersey, or book online today.