Sinusitis Treatment in Manhattan, NY
When it comes to issues relating to the sinuses, Dr. Stacey Silvers and her team are able to deal with the full range of symptoms and provide among the best chronic sinusitis treatment New York City has to offer. Affecting over 37 million Americans every year, sinusitis has a range of severity, and can be mild or very harsh. Depending upon your severity, different forms of treatment may be recommended. In some cases of sinusitis, therapy delivered by our NYC sinus doctor that is designed to treat allergies and infections may be effective. In other cases, more drastic measures are needed.
If you are looking for a chronic sinusitus treatment specialist, contact Dr. Stacey Silvers at Madison ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery in Manhattan, New York for Balloon Sinuplasty treatment. To request and appointment, please call (212) 213-3339.
Sinusitis affects 37 million people in the U.S. each year, making it one of the most common health problems.1 Sinusitis is more prevalent than heart disease or asthma, and it has a greater impact on quality of life than chronic back pain or congestive heart failure.2 Symptoms may significantly affect people physically, functionally, and emotionally.
The Role of the Sinuses
To understand sinusitis, it is important to first learn about your sinuses.
The sinuses are air spaces behind the bones of the upper face, between the eyes and behind the forehead, nose and cheeks. The sinuses are covered with a mucus layer and cells that contain little hairs on their surfaces called cilia. These help trap and push out bacteria and pollutants.
Each sinus has an opening that allows mucous to drain - this drainage is essential to keeping your sinuses working well and you healthy. Anything that obstructs the flow may cause a buildup of mucus in the sinuses and trigger sinusitis symptoms.
Experts agree that healthy sinuses are a key to a good quality of life and that unhealthy sinuses may cause some unwanted complications.
Sinusitis is defined as an inflammation of the sinus lining commonly caused by bacterial or viral infections and structural issues such as ostial (sinus opening) blockage. Symptoms include nasal congestion, facial discomfort, nasal discharge, headache, and fatigue.
Types of Sinusitis
There are two main categories of sinusitis: acute and chronic.
Sinusitis is usually preceded by a cold, allergy attack or irritation from environmental pollutants. Often, the resulting symptoms, such as nasal pressure, nasal congestion, a "runny nose," and fever, run their course in a few days. However, if symptoms persist, a bacterial infection or acute sinusitis may develop.
Most cases of sinusitis are acute (or sudden onset); however, if the condition occurs frequently (more than 4 times each year) you may have recurrent acute sinusitis. If your sinusitis symptoms last 12 weeks or more, you may have chronic sinusitis.
Facts About Sinusitis
- Sinusitis affects approximately 14% of the adult U.S. population.3
- Sinusitis affects 17% of women and 10% of men each year.3
- Chronic sinusitis (not including acute sinusitis) results annually in an estimated 7 million physician office visits.1-4
- Direct healthcare expenditures due to sinusitis cost are well over $8 billion each year.*5
- Sinusitis is also responsible for a 38% loss of workplace productivity.6
- Total restricted activity days due to sinusitis are over 58 million per year.5
* Inflation Adjusted
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2. Soler, et al. Health state utility values in patients undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery. Laryngoscope 2011; 121: 2672-2678.
3. Pleis, JR. et al. Summary health statistics for U.S. adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2006. National Center for Health Statistics 2007. Vital Health Stat 10(235).
4. Bhattacharyya N. Clinical and symptom criteria for the accurate diagnosis of chronic rhinosinusitis. Laryngoscope 2006; 116(Suppl 110):1-22
5. Ray, N. et al. Healthcare expenditures for sinusitis in 1996: Contributions of asthma, rhinitis, and other airway disorders. J Allergy Clin Immunol 1999; 103: 408-414. (Inflation Adjusted as per CPI to 2010 dollars.)
6. Stankiewicz J. et al. Impact of chronic rhinosinusitis on work productivity through one-year follow-up after balloon dilation of the ethmoid infundibulum. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol 2011; 1: 38-45
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What are the Symptoms of Sinusitis?
There are a number of symptoms that point to possible sinusitis. If you're experiencing one or more of these symptoms in the Manhattan area, contact ENT doctor Stacey Silvers today to see if you have sinusitis or a different condition altogether.
Possible sinusitis symptoms include:
- Green or yellow postnasal drip
- Difficulty breathing caused by nasal congestion
- Sinus pain
- Limited sense of taste or smell
- Ear pain
- Aching in the upper jaw
- Bad breath
- Coughing, especially at night
- Sore throat
How is Sinusitis Diagnosed?
Because there are a number of sinusitis symptoms, and these symptoms are similar to a number of different sinus conditions, it is important to see a sinus specialist like Dr. Silvers to get an accurate diagnosis. Dr. Silvers may use imaging tests or a simple visual examination of your nose to detect polyps, tumors, or a deviated septum. If Dr. Silvers suspects that allergies may be triggering your sinusitis, she may order an allergen skin test.