Dr. Paysinger discusses how to tell if you need to see a specialist

Sinuses Not Up to Snuff? How to Tell If You Need to See a Specialist

Sinus disease is a major health problem nationwide and according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, it affects 31 million people in the United States. Every year, sinus disease is responsible for 16 million doctor visits as well as the sale of $150 million worth of prescription medication and $1 billion of over-the-counter medication.

People with allergies, asthma or structural blockages in the nose or sinuses and those with weak immune systems are at greater risk for sinus infection, which can manifest in symptoms like headaches, nasal congestion and facial pain. Unlike a cold, most sinus infections require treatment with antibiotics. By stopping a sinus infection early, you avoid later symptoms and complications.

For some, antibiotics are only a temporary solution. Certain anatomic issues and other factors can cause the sinuses to function improperly, resulting in chronic sinus infections. Patients suffering from chronic sinus infections should see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist in order to be properly diagnosed and treated. It’s the clearest sign that something more serious is going on.

At The Sinus Center of South Carolina, we help patients experiencing chronic sinus infections and other sinus issues. Our specially-trained physicians perform comprehensive evaluations to develop a personalized treatment plan based on each patient’s needs.

One treatment we offer is called balloon sinus dilation. This minimally invasive in-office procedure offers an alternative to traditional sinus surgery for qualified patients. To schedule your personalized consultation and find out if you might benefit from balloon sinus dilation or another specialized treatment, contact our office at 803-451-0491.

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