Approximately 37 million Americans suffer from either acute or chronic sinusitis, a condition that causes pain, pressure, and difficulty breathing. Cecil Yeung, MD and Marcus Hershey, MD are of the top ENT physicians and sinus surgeons in the Houston area and provides state-of-the-art, on-site diagnosis and treatment for sinusitis at Houston Sinus Surgery. If you need expert relief from sinusitis, book an appointment online or call the friendly Houston Sinus Surgery team.
Your sinuses are air-filled pockets in the bones between your eyes and behind your forehead, nose, and cheeks. Healthy sinuses contain tissues that produce mucus that protects your nose from microorganisms. The mucus then drains through your sinuses.
Sinusitis is a sinus infection caused by bacteria, fungus, mold, dust, or other allergens and microorganisms. The inflamed sinus tissues block mucus from draining, which can cause pain, pressure, and impaired breathing.
This form develops rapidly but typically resolves within a few weeks. Acute sinusitis is caused by either viruses or bacteria. Bacterial sinusitis is less common but is more likely to progress to chronic sinusitis.
Recurrent sinusitis is defined as four or more limited attacks of acute sinusitis in a single year.
Chronic sinusitis affects approximately 14-15% of adults in the United States. To be considered chronic, symptoms must last for 12 weeks or more.
Men, women, and children are all at risk for sinusitis. You may be more prone to sinusitis if you have:
The classic symptoms of sinusitis are difficulty breathing accompanied by pain or pressure in your face and a stuffed or a runny nose. Sinusitis can cause a variety of respiratory symptoms, including wheezing, coughing, and snoring, as well as sinus headaches.
Other symptoms include:
During your consultation with Dr. Yeung, he may use a cutting-edge CT scanner for the sinuses to diagnose or rule out sinusitis.
Dr. Yeung usually addresses acute sinusitis with conservative treatments, such as:
Chronic and recurrent sinusitis are often resistant to conservative treatment. In such cases, Dr. Yeung may recommend:
Get relief from both acute and chronic sinusitis at Houston Sinus Surgery. Call Dr. Yeung’s friendly staff or book your consultation online.