There are the common cold and the occasional runny nose, and then there are sinus infections that won’t go away and chronic sinus drainage issues. If you are experiencing the latter, you are likely struggling with discomfort both day and night.
Looking for a solution to your sinus woes? Read our brief overview of the causes and treatments for chronic sinus drainage issues. Then call Sinus Solutions of South Florida today at 561-790-7744 to begin your journey towards recovery.
Why do I have constant sinus drainage/constant congestion?
So what causes chronic sinus congestion or a constant runny nose? While your chronic sinus drainage issues may have originated with allergies, a cold, the flu, or a combination of these or other underlying problems, chronic sinus drainage issues — symptoms lasting 12 weeks or more — are ultimately almost always caused by a chronic sinus infection (also called chronic sinusitis or chronic rhinosinusitis).
Chronic sinusitis occurs when the tissues lining your sinus cavities become infected and/or inflamed. The same irritants that cause this inflammation also encourage your body to overproduce mucus, the sticky substance that normally helps filter air and keeps your sinuses lubricated.
Symptoms of chronic sinus drainage issues
Increased mucus production can either lead to a chronic runny nose or, if mucus buildup blocks your sinus passageways conversely, congestion. Other symptoms of chronic sinus drainage issues include:
- Sinus headache
- Pain in the upper jaw and teeth
- Pressure around your forehead, cheeks, and eyes
- Post-nasal drip
- Bad breath
- Sore throat and cough
- Reduced ability to smell and taste
How do I stop my sinuses from draining constantly?
While some individuals are able to treat their sinus problems using home remedies, patients who have chronic sinusitis and chronic sinus drainage are more likely to get better results if they see a doctor.
If you’re not sure whether or not you should see a doctor, check out our blog on when to see an ENT.
No matter the severity of your symptoms, the best way to get rid of your chronic sinus drainage issues is to treat the underlying cause(s). An ENT of South Florida can diagnose these issues and help you understand your sinusitis treatment options.
Can balloon sinuplasty help your chronic sinus drainage issues?
From chronic sinusitis surgery to the Clarifix procedure, and from septoplasty to nasal polyp removal, there are a wide variety of treatments to treat the underlying cause of your chronic sinus drainage issues.
One treatment, however, has become increasingly popular in the ENT field. Balloon sinuplasty differs from most other types of chronic sinusitis procedures in that it is minimally invasive and can be performed in-office. The procedure involves the inflation of a balloon that has been endoscopically inserted into the sinus cavity, opening the sinus passageways and restoring proper drainage in less than 20 minutes.
Also unlike traditional sinusitis surgery, balloon sinuplasty aftercare is easy, with patients often return to work within 24 hours. The procedure has provided thousands of patients nation-wide with long-lasting results and sinus relief.
Is it time to see your ENT?
Whether a patient’s chronic sinus drainage issues manifest as chronic runny nose, chronic post-nasal drip, chronic sinus headaches, or chronic congestion, they all visit us for the same reason: their chronic desire to feel better.
Enough is enough. At Sinus Solutions of South Florida, we’ll help you learn what exactly is causing your chronic sinus drainage issues. We can assist you in getting the treatment you need to take back control of your wellbeing. Call us at 561-790-7744 or request an appointment online today.
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