Could your runny nose and nasal congestion be symptoms of sinusitis? Dr. Kirby Scott in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD, at Central ENT Consultants shares symptoms of sinusitis and discusses treatment options.
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis occurs when your sinuses become inflamed or infected. The condition often occurs after you've had a cold or other virus. Unlike a cold, sinusitis doesn't get better in a week or two but can last as long as a month if you have acute sinusitis. The condition becomes chronic when you still experience symptoms for three months or longer.
In addition to viruses and bacterial infections, sinusitis can also be triggered by allergies, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), nasal polyps, a deviated septum, immune system disorders or asthma.
What are the symptoms of sinusitis?
Nasal congestion, a runny nose and postnasal drip are common complaints if you have sinusitis. Postnasal drip may make you feel nauseated in the morning and can also trigger bouts of coughing. When you blow your nose, the thick discharge may be yellow or green. The condition can cause pain and tenderness under your eyes, the bridge of your nose and on your forehead. If you bend over, you may notice an uncomfortable pressure in your cheeks, forehead and nose.
Pain isn't always limited to your nose and face. You may also experience it in your ears and teeth. It's not unusual to assume you have a toothache when sinusitis is really the cause of your pain. Not surprisingly, you probably won't feel well if you have a sinusitis. Headaches, fevers and fatigue are common.
How is sinusitis treated?
When you visit our Frederick or Hagerstown office, we can recommend a variety of treatments that will help you recover from sinusitis, including:
- Prescription decongestants to thin and reduce mucus
- Nasal corticosteroid sprays or oral corticosteroids that decrease congestion and inflammation
- Antibiotics to treat bacterial infections responsible for sinusitis
- Surgery to remove polyps and correct deviated septums
- Allergy medication to reduce allergy symptoms that can cause sinusitis
Tired of living with sinusitis pain? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Scott by calling (301) 739-0400 for the Hagerstown, MD, office or (301) 694-9111 for the Frederick, MD, office.
What your doctors in Frederick and Hagerstown want you to know
You can suffer from allergies all through the year. The itchy eyes and runny nose, along with the sneezing can make you miserable. Fortunately, there is relief from the effects of allergies, but first, you have to identify what you are allergic to. Your ear, nose, and throat specialists at Central ENT Consultants can help. They have two convenient office locations in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD to serve you.
Spring and summer are most often associated with allergies, because of hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis. Hay fever is an allergy to grasses, pollens, trees, and plants that flower during the spring and summer months.
If you have allergies during the fall and winter, you could be allergic to dust mites, mold, or mildew. You might also be allergic to your pets, because you are spending a lot of time inside with them.
If you have allergies all year long, you may also be allergic to certain foods. Common food allergies include peanuts and shellfish. Food allergies may cause breathing problems among other issues, and breathing difficulty can be life threatening.
If you have allergies, you need to stop in and see your doctor for allergy testing to determine what you are allergic to. Determining the exact cause of your allergies is the first step in dealing with common allergies.
Your doctors at Central ENT Consultants will develop an effective treatment plan for you which may include allergy injections given once each week. Your doctor may suggest sublingual drop therapy as a more convenient alternative. You will be given a special solution which you can take with you. Drops are taken each day, as an alternative to the injections.
You should also try to control your exposure to allergens by:
- Vacuuming frequently
- Using hypo-allergenic linens and pillowcases
- Placing HEPA filters in bedroom and house
- Keeping your pets out of your bedroom and off of furniture
Don’t suffer from common allergies when help is just a phone call away. Get rid of your sneezing and itching by calling your ear, nose, and throat specialists at Central ENT Consultants, with offices in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD. Call today and breathe better tomorrow!
How Your Sinus Doctor Could Help You
Have a sinus problem? You're not alone. Millions of people suffer from sinus problems. Central ENT Consultants has offices in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD, offers state-of-the-art treatments for ear, nose and throat problems. Read on to find out how your sinus doctor Dr. Kirby Scott could help you.
1. Specialty Care
ENT doctors specialize in the treatment of disorders that affect the ear, nose, and throat. ENT doctors have received the proper training and education needed to treat sinus problems. They are trained in standard treatment practices and surgery, so they're able to care for their patients from the time first symptoms occur through surgical procedures.
2. Symptom Relief
Diagnosis of a sinus problem depends on symptoms and requires an examination of the throat, nose, and sinuses. Sinus problems are treated with medications, nasal sprays, and nasal rinses. If allergies are contributing to your sinusitis, allergy shots might improve your condition. Occasionally, if you have acute sinusitis or chronic sinusitis that keeps coming back, an operation may be the best choice.
3. Improve Sleep
Getting a good night's sleep isn't easy when your sinuses start acting up. Sinus problems can make breathing difficult at night. Anything that causes you to breathe through your mouth can result in a sleep disturbance. If you have ENT-related sleep problems, start by getting an ENT examination.
4. Advice & Guidance
Regular physical exams give your sinus doctor in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD, the opportunity to discuss and counsel you on aspects of your lifestyle that is affecting your health. This counseling is an important part of the exam and it is vital that you listen carefully and discuss the changes and obstacles that you face with the doctor.
Sinus problems can affect your day-to-day activities and make life miserable. Get relief today with one of the country's top ear, nose, and throat doctors. Call Central ENT Consultants at 301-739-0400 now to schedule an appointment in Hagerstown, MD. Call 301-694-9111 to schedule an appointment in Frederick, MD. We will provide all the relief you need.
Let our ear, nose and throat specialists tackle your chronic conditions.
Have you just recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea and feeling confused about how to best manage your new condition? Does the change in weather suddenly have you sneezing, coughing and feeling like you can’t win the battle against your allergies? Luckily, if you are dealing with these problems our Hagerstown and Frederick, MD, otolaryngologist, Dr. Kirby Scott, is here to help.
In many cases, sleep apnea and loud snoring go hand in hand. Since untreated sleep apnea can lead to some pretty serious health complications it’s important that you seek the care of an ENT doctor as soon as possible. We can work with you and your sleep specialists to create a treatment plan that will get you sleeping better sooner. While CPAP tends to be the standard when it comes to keeping airways open while you sleep, there are also other options that may be able to handle more serious forms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
One surgical procedure known as uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is a great treatment for both those suffering from loud snoring and OSA. By removing excessive tissue in the throat we can help ensure that airways stay open while you are asleep.
There are many different kinds of allergies that one can suffer from including foods, medications, insect bites or stings, as well as seasonal allergies (e.g. pollen; mold). If you have seasonal allergies and over-the-counter allergy medications aren’t doing the trick then it’s time to talk to our Hagerstown and Frederick ENT doctor about prescription antihistamines and other medications that can help get your symptoms under control.
Of course, there are certain lifestyle changes that can also improve your allergy symptoms. This includes using a HEPA-filter air purifier that will trap spores, dusting and vacuuming all furniture and surfaces at least once a week, wearing a protective mask when out in the garden, bathing pets regularly and avoiding cigarette smoke.
Central ENT Consultants in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD, provides comprehensive ear, nose, and throat care so that regardless of whether you need to manage your allergy symptoms better or you are dealing with hearing loss our team is here to help.
Don’t let sinus pain and pressure ruin your day. Know how to provide yourself with some relief.
Despite the welcome of warmer weather it still seems that you have managed to catch a cold. Maybe the cold has finally left but now you are dealing with the miserable sinus repercussions of facial pain and pressure. What a nuisance! If you are finding it difficult to find comfort, our Frederick and Hagerstown, MD, otolaryngologist, Dr. Kirby Scott, has some other ways to help relieve your discomfort.
Use a Humidifier: If you are dealing with a stuffed-up nose then you may be able to find some relief from a humidifier. Dry air can really do a number on your sinuses and make issues worse. By using a humidifier in your bedroom, you can help provide the moisture that your sinuses so desperately need and to help relieve sinus pressure. You can also take a steamy shower to help open up passages.
Try Warm Compresses: Just as taking a shower or sitting in a steam room can do wonders for your sinuses, so too can a warm, moist towel. If sinus pain and pressure is driving you crazy, dampen a washcloth with warm water and then apply the towel to these areas.
Consider a Nasal Spray: A lot of people find temporary relief from their mild-to-moderate sinus issues through over-the-counter medications and decongestants. Sometimes a saline spray is all you need to help clear out clogged nasal passageways to help you breathe better. Of course, it’s always a good idea to consult our Frederick and Hagerstown ENT doctor before taking a new medication.
Use a Neti Pot: This little nasal teapot can be a great way to provide someone with the relief they need. A saltwater mixture is placed into the pot. You’ll tilt your head back and pour this mixture into your nose. The solution will help to breakup mucus and improve stuffed-up noses. This is something you can do multiple times a day to help keep your sinuses clear.
Don’t let the beautiful spring weather pass you by because you are cooped up trying to deal with sinus problems. If you aren’t able to handle these issues on your own then call Central ENT Consultations today. We are proud to offer our full ENT services in both Frederick and Hagerstown, MD.
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