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Surgery Surgery can unblock the sinuses when drug therapy is not effective or if there are other complications, such as structural abnormalities or fungal sinusitis. Insertion of a Drainage Tube The simplest surgical approach is the insertion of a drainage tube into the sinuses followed by an infusion of sterile water to flush them out. Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is the standard procedure for most patients requiring surgical management of chronic sinusitis or polyposis. The procedure allows correction of obstructions, including any polyp and ventilation and drainage to aid healing. Candidates for the Procedure. In general, patients should have tried and failed extensive medical therapy. This usually includes several prolonged courses of broad-spectrum antibiotics, nasal corticosteroids, nasal saline irrigation, allergy testing and immunotherapy where appropriate, and sinus drainage where appropriate. Patients with nasal polyps or sinus polyp...
In the past couple of years, saline nasal irrigations such as the NetiPot have swept the United States as an all natural treatment for nasal allergies and chronic sinusitis. But a couple of recent studies make me wonder if nasal irrigation just might not be quite the "wonder treatment" that it's been cracked up to be.
The First Study: Nasal Irrigations May Increase Infections
The idea behind rinsing your nasal passages out with saline is to sweep out allergens and mucus, thereby relieving allergy symptoms. People have been raving about the positive effects, and you can't argue the lower cost and less invasive approach than medication.
But now a new study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology by lead author, Dr. Talal Nsouli, a clinical professor of pediatrics and allergy/immunology at Georgetown University School of Medicine and director of Watergate & Burke Allergy & Asthma Centers, in Washington D.C. ...
It's that time of year again, the time when a sniffly nose, head congestion, coughing, etc. often strike... and then stick around for days, or even weeks. There can be many reasons for this, what with being indoors more, socializing with more people through the holidays, inclement weather, new food, decorations and more due to the holidays, and so on.
The challenge comes in knowing what truly ails you, so that you can take steps to deal with it. So, this post will provide an overview of the various conditions that might produce symptoms during this season and how to manage, so that you can get and stay as healthy as possible.
If you have allergies, then you're probably used to dealing with them on a regular basis, at least during certain seasons, if not year round. Most people associate seasonal allergies with pollen season, but the truth is allergy symptoms often increase during the holidays.
In my earlier holiday triggers post, I detailed ...
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