Sinus Infection


21 Resources for Sinus Issues — CT Sinus Center

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If you have ever researched the symptoms of and remedies for sinus issues, you’ll have found a plethora of information — not all of it consistent. As a leader in sinus care, CT Sinus Center prides ourselves on not only being able to help Connecticut residents but also to educate them on the condition through our blog. Here we have compiled a list of resources that will accurately tell you everything you should know about sinus issues. If you have any other questions you’d like us to write about, let us know on our social media page.

What are the common (and uncommon) symptoms of sinusitis?

What are the traditional (and nontraditional) treatments for sinus issues?

What should I know about sinus treatment at CT Sinus Center

How can CT Sinus Center help me?

We offer a non-invasive, in-office procedure called balloon sinus dilation that can end your sinus suffering forever. The great news is that if you are experiencing the following chronic symptoms, you may be an ideal candidate for the procedure:

  • Chronic sinus headaches
  • Regular facial and sinus pain
  • Repeat sinus infections that don’t seem to respond to medication
  • Regular dizziness and disorientation as a result of sinus pressure

Stop suffering!

Connecticut, you do not have to live with sinusitis. Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices — Kent, Litchfield, Shelton and Waterbury — and get the permanent sinus relief you’re looking for.  

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Diagnosing a Sinus Infection

Sinus infectionWhen you have acute sinusitis, otherwise known as a sinus infection, it’s pretty easy to recognize the symptoms. This is especially true if you have chronic sinusitis, which can happen a number of times a year.  In order to be diagnosed with chronic sinusitis, you must have at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Drainage of a thick, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat
  • Nasal obstruction or congestion, causing difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Pain, tenderness and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste

In addition, you may also be experiencing:

  • Ear pain
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Aching in the jaw and teeth
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea

No matter if this is your first or your fiftieth sinus infection, it’s always a good idea to get checked out by a doctor just to be sure. Also if you’ve self-diagnosed correctly, you may need medication.

What should you expect when you go to the doctor?

First, your medical staff should take the time to discuss your medical history and specific symptoms. Next, your physician should do a thorough inspection of your sinuses for diagnosis, and may also check your eyes, ears and throat. To help determine the underlying cause, you may also undergo the following tests:

  • Nasal endoscopy, in which a thin, flexible tube with a fiber-optic light is inserted through your nose.
  • Imaging studies, in which a CT Scan or MRI can show details images of your sinuses.
  • Nasal/sinus cultures, though generally unnecessary, which might help pinpoint a bacterial or fungal cause.
  • Allergy tests, recommended if your doctor suspects the condition may be brought on by allergies.

A sinus infection is such a common thing that experts can often diagnose them without extensive testing. However, while the diagnosis is often correct, without testing, the physician could miss the real cause of the symptoms or prescribe a medication that isn’t actually needed. So if you are looking to get it right the first time, schedule an appointment at CT Sinus Center.

When you first come in, our expert team will talk to you about your symptoms and medical history. Next, through our patient-centered philosophy and up-to-date diagnostic tools, we will find the right treatment for your lifestyle. You may even be a candidate for one of our two outpatient procedures, both of which will end your suffering in around an hour:

  • Balloon Sinus Dilation, which will reshape your nasal passages, promoting draining and natural healing
  • Turbinate Reductions, in which the tissue in the nose that supports the nasal passages is decreased, decreasing the size of the turbinate and quickly increasing airflow

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices, and put an end to sinus infections once and for all.

For more information on sinus– and allergy-related conditions and treatments, visit the CT Sinus Center website and blog.


Should You Take an Antibiotic for Sinus Infections?

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Today, the medical community knows that prescribing antibiotics for sinus infections isn’t always the right route to go. In fact, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology cites that about 60 to 70 percent of people with sinus infections can get better without any antibiotics at all. However, not everyone is listening. WebMD reports that “[a]bout 90 percent of adults seen in the U.S. by a general practice physician do end up getting an antibiotic for acute sinusitis.”

How many of us have gone to the doctor and heard, “You have a sinus infection; I’ll give you an antibiotic to be on the safe side.” The truth is that unless the symptoms have lasted more than 10 days or have disappeared and come back within a few days, your infection is most likely viral. And unfortunately, antibiotics won’t help a virus.

But the real issue associated with taking an antibiotic when it isn’t necessary goes beyond it being ineffective: it’s antibiotic resistance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that “at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.”

Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria become so used to a particular medication that they mutate and are no longer affected by the same drug. This new resistant strain then multiplies and continues to cause harm until a new antibiotic is developed to treat it. And then the circle begins again. 

Why should you care about antibiotic resistance? The CDC explains:

[It] can cause illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics to become dangerous infections, prolonging suffering for children and adults. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can spread to family members, schoolmates, and co-workers, and may threaten your community. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are often more difficult to kill and more expensive to treat. (CDC)

While the above scenario sounds like something out of the latest zombie movie, antibiotic resistance is a growing problem throughout the global medical community. This is not to say, however, that you should never take an antibiotic. In the case of a bacterial infection or people who have trouble fighting off infections, antibiotics are highly effective if taken correctly.

The question is: If you suffer from chronic sinus infections, either viral or bacterial, do you really want to risk antibiotic resistance when the drug may not even work at all? You probably don’t.

Here at CT Sinus Center, we specialize in alternative treatments that will put an end to your sinus suffering without the risks associated with antibiotics. Known as the leaders in permanent relief, our expert physicians have perfected two procedures that are designed to drain your sinuses and increase airflow through your nasal passages: Balloon Sinus Dilation, in which a small balloon is inflated in the nasal cavity under local anesthesia, and Turbinate Reductions, in which soft tissue is removed during an outpatient surgical process. Both solutions will have you seeing results in as little as one day.

So say goodbye to the never ending antibiotics for sinus infections and hello to our patient-centered, drug free approach. Call us today at (860) BALLOON for your appointment to come in and see what we can do for you.

For more information on all things sinus and allergy, visit the CT Sinus Center website and take a look at our blog.