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Sinus Treatment Guide

Thousands of Singaporeans suffer from a period of sinusitis at least once a year. While sinus problems are very common, it is often pointed out that the population of patients gets higher every year due to pollution, urbanization, and resistance of bacteria and viruses to antibiotics. If you often experience facial pain or pressure and obstruction in the nose, do yourself a favor and undergo an exam with an ENT specialist.

Sinus Treatment Diagnosis

People suffer from either acute or chronic sinusitis. Acute sinusitis is short-term while chronic sinusitis is described as four or more recurrences of acute sinusitis. If not addressed well, the disorder will manifest further through nasal discharges, headache, fever, fatigue, and even bad breath. Worst case scenarios are meningitis and bone infection.

Basic Sinus Treatment involves antibiotic prescription for several days or weeks. An ENT doctor may also prescribe oral and topical decongestants depending on a patient’s case. Common methods of alleviating sinusitis symptoms may also be recommended. These include using a vaporizer or boiled water steam, equipping the room with humidifiers, and applying warm compresses to the nasal area, among many others.

Sinus Treatment Exam And Surgery

An ENT specialist should conduct a physical examination to assess treatment. He or she may perform nasal endoscopy, a process in which a fiber optic instrument is inserted into the nose to be able to examine the sinus drainage areas and detect signs of obstruction, abnormalities, and whatnot. The physical exam may also involve a mucus culture test, x-rays, allergy testing, and CT scan.

If antibiotics and decongestants do not work, an ENT specialist may recommend the patient to undergo a surgical procedure. Surgery basically aims to enlarge the opening to the sinuses and remove any areas of or with obstruction. It is administered under local or general anesthesia; the recovery period spans a couple of weeks to a month. Patients will also be advised a change of lifestyle, specifically quitting smoking and excessive drinking.

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