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Sinus Problems

Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates

Pulmonologists, Allergists, & Sleep Medicine Doctors located in Houston, TX & Cypress, TX

A stuffy nose is a common symptom for everything from colds to allergies. If it’s continually hard to breathe through your nose, however, you could have sinus problems. The team at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates, provides targeted diagnostic tests to find the source of your sinus problem. They recommend an appropriate treatment plan to give you relief from your uncomfortable symptoms. Call one of the convenient locations in Cypress and Houston, Texas, or schedule your consultation online today.

Sinus Problems Q & A

What are the symptoms of a sinus problem?

Sinus problems affect your nose, throat, and head. The most common symptoms include:

  • A stuffy, runny nose
  • Sinus headaches
  • Facial pressure 
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Facial pain
  • A sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Bad breath

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you may not know if it’s just a cold or something else, like a sinus infection. Sinus infections are surprisingly common, affecting more than 30 million Americans every year. 

That’s why the team at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates provides specialized diagnosis and treatment for sinus problems, including sinus infections. 

What is a sinus infection?

A sinus infection also called sinusitis, causes inflammation in the air-filled cavities inside your head. Sinus infections can be acute or chronic, depending on the duration. 

If your sinus infection lasts more than 12 weeks, it’s technically considered chronic. A chronic sinus infection is often due to fluid buildup in your sinuses. Growths in your sinuses called nasal polyps also cause chronic sinusitis. Nasal polyps are often related to allergies.

You can rely on the team at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates to get to the bottom of why you're experiencing sinus problems, then recommend the right care for you.

What are the steps to diagnose a sinus problem?

Your provider at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates examines your nose, sinuses, and throat, looking for the source of your sinus problem. They often recommend a diagnostic procedure called sinus endoscopy. 

During sinus endoscopy, your provider gently slides an endoscope — a long, thin camera-equipped instrument — into your nose. The endoscope allows your provider to see into your sinus cavities. They look for signs of infection and nasal polyps.

Once your provider has identified the root cause, they recommend the right treatment plan for your sinus problem.

What are the treatments for sinus problems?

Your provider at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates may recommend short-term and long-term options to address your sinus condition. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Nasal decongestants
  • Nasal corticosteroid sprays

Allergies can lead to repeated sinus infections. If this is the case, your provider discusses the advantages of allergy shots. These shots can permanently build up your natural resistance to one or more allergens, freeing you from your sinus problems.

For lasting relief from sinus problems, trust the experienced team at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates. Call or schedule your consultation online today.