Sinusitis Specialist in Federal Way, WA

What Is Sinusitis?

If you have recurring sinus pain and pressure, you’re not alone. Approximately 31 million Americans suffer from sinusitis. If you’re one of them and continue to battle sinus pain, headaches, and emotional drain for 12 weeks or more no matter what treatments you try, you may be dealing with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS).

What are the Symptoms of Sinusitis?

  • Headaches
  • Facial pain or pressure
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Nasal discharge that isn’t clear
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Upper tooth pain
  • Bad breath
  • Nasal discharge that isn’t clear
  • Problems Sleeping

Sinusitis may also affect your relationships. You may be embarrassed by symptoms and may avoid social situations. You may also feel hopeless about finding a treatment option that brings you relief.

What are the Types Of Sinuses?

To better understand sinusitis, let’s first discuss your sinuses. Within your skull you have four pairs of paranasal sinuses, these are air-filled spaces behind your nose, cheeks and forehead. Inside each sinus is a mucus layer and cells covered with cilia (little hairs) that trap and push out bacteria / pollutants that enter the nasal cavity.

Sinustitus Chart

CRS is the inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining of the nasal passages and sinuses.This can stop your sinuses from draining properly. Mucus and fluid build-up in the sinuses can lead to sinus infections, which means more inflammation and pain.The length of sufferingwill help to categorize your sinusitis type (see chart below).

Sinusitis Symptom Duration

Up to 4 weeks

Longer than 4 weeks but less than 12 weeks

12 weeks or longer

Occurs 4 or more times in a year, can go away between episodes

Sinusitis Type

Acute

Subacute

Chronic

Recurrent acute sinusitis

Some people struggle for years before finding relief – in a survey of 400 CRS sufferers; over half had suffered for 15 years or more.

How Will Dr. Stern Diagnose Your Symptoms?

Dr. Stern may ask you questions about your symptoms and health history, and take a sample of your nasal discharge to see what kind of infection you might have. Depending on the exam results, he may recommend other tests. One test lets them examine the inside of your nose with an endoscope (a scope with a light attached)

Getting A CT Scan

Your provider may want to do a computed tomography (CT) scan that creates images of the inside of your sinuses. It may help them more accurately diagnose your condition and select the best treatment option for you.A CT scan is also used with our offices image guidance system (IGS) to help us navigate your sinuses during in-office procedures.

Sinustitus CT Scan

What are the Risks Involved?

Balloon sinus surgery has associated risks, including tissue trauma, bleeding, infection, and possible ophthalmic injury. Patients should always discuss their individual needs and the potential risks and benefits of any treatment or procedure with their doctor.

This therapy is not for everyone. Please consult a healthcare professional. A prescription is required. For additional information, please visit Medtronic’s website at www.medtronicent.com. For supplementary information on the NuVentEM Sinus Dilation System please visit www.sinusitissurgery.com

 

COVID-19 Updates

Dr. Stern and his staff are closely following the most up-to-date announcements and information on the known cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because this information is always changing, we will be monitoring all updates from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control. 

We are here for all of our patients needing ENT care and will take all precautions to protect our patients and staff. Though our hours in office are limited, we will be available as needed and will screen all staff and patients.

Our ultimate goal is to serve our community during this time, so for efficiency, the easiest way to reach us right now is by using our secure online appointment request form. You can also call and ask to speak with Dr. Stern’s assistant Rebecca at (206) 910-4641 to schedule any new appointments, or you can request Dr. Stern directly if the need is urgent. 

Here are a few additional resources as well: 

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control

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