Sinusitis Specialist

Bayou ENT

Otolaryngologists located in New Iberia, LA

When a stuffy nose and sinus pressure that began as a cold never seem to go away, you may have chronic sinusitis. At Bayou ENT, Chris Gaffga, MD, and Jamie Guillot, APRN, start your treatment with conservative options. If your symptoms don’t improve, you can depend on their extensive experience performing successful, minimally invasive procedures that clear your sinuses and give you long-lasting relief. Don’t put up with sinusitis. Call the office in New Iberia, Louisiana, or book a consultation online today.

Sinusitis Q & A

What causes sinusitis?

Sinusitis refers to having inflammation in one or more of your sinuses. Inflammation and swelling occur in the mucus-producing membranes that line each sinus.

Swollen membranes block the opening where mucus usually leaves the sinus and goes into your nose. As a result, mucus builds up in the sinus and becomes infected.

There are two types of sinusitis:

Acute sinusitis

Acute sinusitis, more commonly known as a sinus infection, most often begins when you have a cold, and the virus finds its way into your sinuses. You could also develop a bacterial infection in the trapped mucus. Acute sinusitis should clear up within four weeks.

Chronic sinusitis

You have chronic sinusitis when your symptoms last 12 weeks or longer. Though it begins as a viral infection, this type of sinusitis persists because the tissues in your sinus stay inflamed even after the initial infection heals.

You may also develop chronic sinusitis when nasal polyps or a deviated septum block the sinus opening.

What symptoms develop if I have sinusitis?

The first four symptoms on this list are the most common, but you can have any of the following:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Pain and pressure over your sinuses
  • Thickened nasal drainage
  • Loss of smell
  • Postnasal drip
  • Aching in your upper teeth or jaw
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue

You may have a fever if you have acute sinusitis, but fevers don’t appear with chronic sinusitis.

How is sinusitis treated?

When you have acute sinusitis, your treatment includes nasal sprays and saline irrigation to ease your symptoms. If you have a bacterial infection, your Bayou ENT provider may prescribe antibiotics.

The treatment for chronic sinusitis begins with nasal sprays containing anti-inflammatory medications such as steroids. If your symptoms don’t improve, Bayou ENT may recommend a minimally invasive procedure to eliminate nasal blockages if needed or a balloon sinuplasty to open your sinuses.

During a balloon sinuplasty, your provider guides a narrow, flexible catheter through your nostril to the blocked sinus. After positioning the catheter in the sinus, they inflate a balloon that opens the sinus and restructures the passage between the sinus and nose.

Your Bayou ENT provider cleans out the sinus and removes the balloon. Even after the balloon is gone, the sinus stays open for a long time and can drain normally.

If you need help with constant nasal congestion, call Bayou ENT or schedule an appointment online today.