Sinus Infections
New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center – Edward J. Shin M.D.
New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center – Edward J. Shin M.D.
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Sinus Infection NYC

Treatment For Sinus Infections

If you are suffering from a sinus infection in NYC or reoccurring sinus infections, Our ENT doctor, Edward Shin, MD, can treat and manage your symptoms to help you find relief. Headaches, facial pressure, nasal congestion, and runny nose are some of the more common sinus infection symptoms that can negatively affect your quality of life. While sinus infections can be acute (lasting a few weeks before dissipating), many patients also suffer from chronic sinus infections. It is not uncommon for sinus infections to occur for months at a time before returning later on. These conditions can be an indicator of an underlying sinus disorder. At New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center, Dr. Edward Shin specializes in sinus infection treatments to help improve symptoms.

SINUS INFECTIONS OVERVIEW
CAUSED BY A VIRAL OR BACTERIAL INFECTION
OCCURS WHEN MUCUS BACKS UP INTO THE SINUS CAVITIES & CREATES A MOIST ENVIRONMENT FOR INFECTIONS
INFLAMMATION OF THE SINUS LINING CAN INTERFERE WITH PROPER SINUS DRAINAGE, CREATING BLOCKAGES
CAN BE ACUTE, CHRONIC, OR REOCCURRING
SYMPTOMS INCLUDE NASAL CONGESTION, DISCOLORED DISCHARGE, SINUS HEADACHES, & FACIAL PRESSURE
SINUS OBSTRUCTIONS CAN INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD OF REOCCURRING SINUS INFECTIONS
MAY BE A SIGN OF AN UNDERLYING SINUS DISORDER THAT NEEDS TREATMENT
ANTIBIOTICS & NON-INVASIVE TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE TO RELIEVE & MANAGE SYMPTOMS
SURGICAL TREATMENT MAY ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSE OF ONGOING SINUS INFECTIONS
Sinus Infections Treatment

What Are Sinus Infections?

The sinuses are made up of 4 sets of air-filled pockets: the maxillary sinuses (at the sides of the nose), the frontal sinuses (at the forehead), the ethmoid sinuses (behind the eyes), and the sphenoid sinuses (at the back of the nasal cavity). These pockets produce mucus to moisten the nose and help filter the air we breathe. When the sinuses are functioning normally, the mucus passes through tiny openings and then drains down the back of the throat. If there is a blockage or obstruction, however, mucus is unable to drain from the sinus passages. As a result, fluid builds up in the sinus pocket, which creates a moist environment where pathogens can grow. These bacteria or viruses can cause a sinus infection.

TYPES OF SINUS INFECTIONS
Acute Sinus Infections
May last a few weeks before symptoms resolve. Acute sinus infections are typically caused by a virus or bacteria.
Subacute Sinus Infections
May last up to 8 weeks before symptoms resolve. Subacute sinus infections may be caused by a virus or bacteria and can be exacerbated by allergies.
Chronic Sinus Infections
May last over 8 weeks and keep returning. Chronic sinus infections may be viral or bacterial. Chronic infections are typically an indicator of a sinus disorder.

What Causes Sinus Infections?

There are many factors that can contribute to sinus infections. The infections themselves are caused by viruses or bacteria that proliferate when the sinus cavity fills with mucus. If the sinuses are blocked by an obstruction, they cannot drain the mucus, which leads to a backup in the sinus cavity. These blockages can be caused by growths (nasal polyps or tumors), deformities of the sinus or nose (deviated septum or enlarged turbinates), and irritants that inflame the sinuses (allergies or environmental factors). Sinus obstructions may lead to reoccurring or chronic sinus infections. Since there are so many possible causes of sinus infections, these conditions are difficult to diagnose without the professional help of an ENT. Below are some of the most common contributing factors to sinus infections:

SINUS INFECTION CAUSES
Viral, bacterial, or fungal infections
Respiratory tract infections
Allergens
Nasal polyps or tumors
Sinus tumors or growths
Nasal deformities
Environmental or chemical factors that inflame the sinus lining
Medical conditions and immune disorders
Side effects of certain medications

What Are The Symptoms Of Sinus Infections?

Sinus infections have a wide range of symptoms that can affect the nose, throat, and head. Many of these symptoms can also be caused by other sinus-related conditions, so it may be difficult to detect if you have a sinus infection without a professional diagnosis.

SINUS INFECTION SYMPTOMS
DISCOLORED NASAL DISCHARGE (MAY BE GREEN OR YELLOW)
SINUS HEADACHES
FACIAL TENDERNESS OR PRESSURE (ESPECIALLY AROUND THE EYES, FOREHEAD, & CHEEKS)
DIFFICULTY BREATHING THROUGH THE NOSE
IMPAIRED SMELL & TASTE
COUGHING THAT GETS WORSE AT NIGHT
WATERY OR PUFFY EYES
FEVER
POST-NASAL DRIP
SORE OR RASPY THROAT
EARACHES
SENSITIVITY AROUND THE TEETH

What Are Some Common Sinus Infection Treatments?

Acute and subacute forms of sinus infections typically respond well to medications. Chronic sinus infections may be more difficult to treat because they are usually indicators of another sinus disorder or structural issue. Dr. Shin will work with you to develop a treatment plan.

Non-invasive treatments for sinus infections can be used to manage symptoms. Antibiotics may be prescribed to treat bacterial sinus infections. Saline-based nasal sprays can rinse nasal passages, while decongestants can improve the flow of air through your nose.

Corticosteroids can reduce and manage inflammation. If allergies are exacerbating your sinus infections, then allergy treatments may also be recommended.

TREATMENT PLAN FOCUSES
Reducing symptoms
Improving sinus drainage
Treating inflammation
Opening up the sinus passageways
Removing obstructions or blockages
Excising nasal or sinus-related growths
Correcting nasal deviations or deformities

Can Sinus Surgery Treat Sinus Infections?

Sinus surgery can be an effective treatment to address the underlying cause of your chronic sinus infections. Dr. Shin can perform endoscopic sinus surgery to see inside the nasal and sinus structures using an endoscope and real-time imaging technology; this allows for greater precision and efficiency during surgery. Sinus surgery focuses on removing obstructions, creating space for the sinuses to drain, opening the sinus passages, and cleaning out the sinus cavities to remove mucus and congestion. Learn more about sinus surgery by clicking here.

The specifics of your sinus infection surgery will depend on what is causing your sinus infection. Dr. Shin is happy to discuss your sinus infection treatment options in more detail during your consultation.

How Do I Learn More About Sinus Infections In NYC?

Our sinus surgeon in NYC would be happy to discuss sinus infections and treatments in more detail with you. To schedule a consultation, please call 646.943.7985 or request an appointment online at our NYC office.

WHAT PATIENTS SAY ABOUT DR. SHIN

Edward J. Shin, M.D.

NEW YORK SINUS & THYROID SURGERY CENTER

310 E. 14TH STREET
6TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

646.943.7985

New York Eye & Ear Infirmary Of Mount Sinai

NEW YORK SINUS & THYROID SURGERY CENTER

310 E. 14TH STREET
6TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

646.943.7985