Options for Treatment of Sinusitis

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Dr Frank Brettschneider
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As president of Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat, Dr. Frank Brettschneider builds on more than 30 years of practice experience. Dr. Frank Brettschneider regularly treats patients with acute or chronic sinusitis.

Treatment of sinusitis depends on its duration, severity, and cause. Patients with bacterial sinusitis can benefit from a course of antibiotics, though some physicians believe that such infections are rare and that antibiotics are unhelpful for the majority of sinusitis sufferers, whose condition is more likely to stem from viruses or allergies.

Those with sinusitis due to allergies may find relief through antihistamines or allergy shots. Some symptom relief may be achieved through painkillers and decongestants, the latter of which can help to thin collected mucus and improve drainage. Patients may achieve a similar effect through nasal irrigation, warm heat, or steam vapor inhalation, although those with severe swelling may require a prescription for an inhaled or oral steroid.

If a patient’s sinusitis recurs or endures for an extended period of time, surgery may be necessary. Performed either endoscopically or through a traditional incision, surgery aims to remove blockages and encourage the sinuses to drain. Finally, some patients may be eligible for an alternative surgery known as balloon sinuplasty, which allows the surgeon to effect incision-free drainage using an inflatable catheter.


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.