Eliminate Nasal Polyps and Treat Sinusitis in New York City at the New York Sleep Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center in NYC

Sinusitis And Nasal Polyp Treatment
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Sinusitis & Nasal Polyps Treatment New York City

Nearly 40 million Americans suffer from sinusitis every year.  Sinusitis is an inflammation in the lining of the sinuses, which prevents mucus from draining properly and can lead to a moist environment that fosters the growth of bacteria and other infections.  Sinusitis attacks make you feel miserable, with a wide range of symptoms that can include difficulty breathing, headaches and pain behind the eyes and cheeks, persistent nasal discharge, fever, and fatigue.   Beyond the discomfort of these symptoms, if sinusitis is left untreated, in rare cases it can lead to severe medical problems and even death.

While most people will suffer from a relatively short-term infection that may clear up after a few weeks (known as acute sinusitis), others can develop chronic sinusitis that, despite treatment, lasts more than eight weeks or keeps returning. Chronic sinusitis, also known as chronic rhinosinusitis, can also be associated with the development of nasal polyps.  While chronic sinusitis can be difficult to treat, there are measures that can help manage the disease, treat nasal polyps, and help you get relief.  At New York Sleep, Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center, we offer a full range of advanced medical and surgical treatments for sinusitis, nasal polyps, and other sinus related conditions. 

What are sinuses?

The sinuses are four pairs of air-filled spaces located on the sides of the nose, behind the eyes, in the forehead and at the back of the nasal cavity.  Sinuses help to moisten air as we breathe it in, while producing mucus to help trap dust and germs.  When the linings of the sinuses become inflamed, the tiny openings that help to drain the sinuses can become blocked, preventing mucus from draining.  This trapped mucus creates an environment in which infection can take hold. 

What causes sinusitis?

One of the reasons sinusitis is difficult to treat is because it’s often hard to determine the exact causes for a specific case of sinusitis.  While allergies and infection often play a role in exacerbating nasal inflammation, in many cases they are not the root cause of the condition.  That is why chronic sinusitis often can’t be cured with antibiotics and allergy treatments alone.  Some causes of chronic sinusitis may include:

  • Allergies
  • Bacterial or fungal infection
  • Nasal polyps or tumors
  • Deviated nasal septum or other deformity in nose and sinuses
  • Respiratory track infections
  • Other medical conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux or immune disorders
  • Irritation of sinus lining from chemical or environmental factors, such as smoking
  • Medication side effects

Symptoms of sinusitis may include:

  • Trouble breathing through nose
  • Persistent nasal discharge, often yellow or green in color
  • Cough, which may be worse at night
  • Headache
  • Pain behind the eyes, forehead and cheeks
  • Altered sense of taste and smell
  • Aching in the upper jaw and teeth
  • Puffy eyes
  • Bad breath
  • Sore throat
  • Ear pain

How is sinusitis treated?

While medications are usually effective in treating the acute form of sinusitis, longer-term chronic sinusitis is more difficult to treat.  Depending on the underlying causes for your condition, Dr. Shin will develop a treatment plan that will focus on:

  • Relieving symptoms
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Promoting sinus drainage
  • Maintaining open sinuses
  • Eliminating underlying causes, when possible
  • Removing nasal polyps and other obstructions
  • Reducing severity, duration and frequency of attacks

Treatments may include:

  • Saline nasal spray to rinse nasal passages
  • Nasal corticosteroids to prevent and reduce inflammation
  • Oral or injected corticosteroids (for short-term use only)
  • Decongestants
  • Antibiotics to treat infection
  • Allergy shots and treatments
  • Surgery to remove nasal polyps and improve sinus drainage

What are nasal polyps?

  • Nasal polyps are non-cancerous growths in the lining of the sinuses or nasal passages that may cause breathing difficulties and chronic sinusitis. 

How are nasal polyps treated?

In some cases, nasal and oral corticosteroids or other medications may help to shrink or eliminate nasal polyps.  In other cases, however, surgery could become necessary to remove the polyps.  To find out more about surgery for nasal polyps, please visit our sinus surgery page. 

How do I get more information about sinusitis and treatments?

Dr. Shin and his team will be happy to discuss sinusitis and treatments with you.  Please call 646.943.7985 to arrange for a private consultation or schedule an appointment online our New York, NY office.