Dr. Frank Brettschneider: Symptoms and Treatment of Chronic Sinusitis

As President of Port Huron ENT, Dr. Frank Brettschneider treats a range of ear, nose, and throat conditions, such as allergies, tonsillitis, hearing loss, and ear infections. Dr. Brettschneider also treats sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinuses that occurs when mucus cannot drain properly and causes blockage. Sinusitis can be triggered by infection or disease, allergens, environmental contaminants, or problems in the nasal structure. The condition can be acute, resolving within a few weeks, or chronic, continuing for more than 12 weeks.

Chronic sinusitis produces symptoms that often have a detrimental impact on an individual’s quality of life. These can include significant nasal congestion and discharge, facial or dental tenderness and pain, fatigue, fever and headache, and sore throat. Chronic sinusitis can also decrease one’s ability to taste and smell. In mild cases, sinusitis may be resolved by various medications or by nasal sprays and vaporizers. In more severe situations, surgery may be necessary.

At his practice, Dr. Frank Brettschneider employs innovative surgical techniques to treat sinusitis, including balloon sinuplasty. Cleared for use by the Food and Drug Administration, balloon sinuplasty opens obstructed sinus passages with a small balloon catheter. When inflated, the catheter reshapes and expands the sinus walls to restore normal function without harming the delicate tissues of the sinus lining.

A minimally invasive procedure, balloon sinuplasty does not require cutting or removing bone or tissue. This can reduce bleeding and recovery time. Balloon sinuplasty can also be used in conjunction with other treatment methods.

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