When it comes to issues relating to the ear, nose or throat, Dr. Shervin Aminpour and his team are able to deal with the full range of symptoms and provide among the best chronic sinusitis treatment Los Angeles has to offer. In actual fact, many of these symptoms point to a single condition: sinusitis, which affects over 37 million Americans every year. Sinusitis has a range of severity, and can be mild or very harsh. Depending upon the severity, different forms of treatment may be recommended. In some cases of sinusitis, therapy delivered by a sinus doctor that is designed to treat allergies and infections may be effective. In other cases, more drastic measures are needed.
The sinuses are cavities that sit around the nasal passage. They are lined with membranes that constantly secrete mucus. Normally this mucus drains into the nose, but the sinuses can become inflamed, preventing proper drainage. When this occurs, the sinuses become stuffed with mucus, causing a number of symptoms. This condition is what is known as sinusitis.
Acute sinusitis vs. chronic sinusitis
There are two types of sinusitis: acute and chronic. The main difference between these is how long they last. Acute sinusitis lasts no more than a week, while chronic sinusitis will last up to eight weeks or longer. Acute sinusitis is generally caused by temporary conditions, such as a cold. Once the cold goes away, the inflammation in the sinuses subsides. Chronic sinusitis is caused by more lasting conditions, such as allergies or asthma. Besides the difference in length and causes, acute and chronic sinusitis both produce very similar symptoms.
Sinusitis is identifiable by a number of symptoms. While each of these can point to sinusitis, they may also indicate another condition entirely. For this reason, if you experience the symptoms below, it’s important to visit sinus doctor Dr. Aminpour at his Los Angeles facility for a proper diagnosis.
Sinusitis symptoms include:
- Postnasal drainage (into the throat) that is yellow or green in color
- Nasal congestion causing breathing difficulties
- Pain around the cheeks, nose, forehead or eyes
- Reduction in your sense of taste or smell
- Ear pain
- Aching in the upper jaw
- Coughing, especially at night
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
Causes of sinusitis
While acute and chronic sinusitis share similar symptoms, they are each caused by different factors, and this is actually what causes them to be different conditions.
- Nasal polyps, which can block the nasal passages
- Allergies, which tend to stick around for months at a time
- Deviated septum, which usually causes blockage in one or both nostrils
- Facial trauma, which may cause bone to obstruct the nasal passage
- Respiratory tract infections can cause inflammation in the nasal passages
- Viral infection, such as the common cold
- Bacterial infection
- Fungal infection
- Tooth infection
Dealing with Sinusitis
For patients suffering from certain forms of sinusitis, Dr. Aminpour offers a breakthrough technology called balloon sinuplasty. This procedure represents a significant improvement from previous sinusitis treatment methods. As opposed to a comprehensive surgical procedure involving general anesthetic, balloon sinuplasty is completed in minutes with no sedation at all. It is minimally invasive, only using the natural nasal passages. This approach allows patients to walk out our door directly following their surgery, and even drive themselves home.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of chronic sinusitis, experienced sinus doctor Dr. Aminpour can help. He has experience treating thousands of patients suffering the effects of sinusitis. His patients regularly report a total reversal of their symptoms, calling it the best chronic sinusitis treatment in Los Angeles. To ask any questions or to set an appointment, please call our office right away. We will be happy to help.
In the past, sinusitis treatment has often included comprehensive surgery with a long recovery time and quite a bit of discomfort. Today, Dr. Aminpour uses a breakthrough technique known as balloon sinuplasty. This minimally invasive procedure makes no incisions and gives immediate relief to patients suffering from sinusitis. It is usually performed in less than 20 minutes, and patients go home the same day. Dr. Aminpour has become an expert in the balloon sinuplasty technique, making him among the most effective sinus doctors Los Angeles has available.Learn more about balloon sinuplasty