When your sinuses are blocked or inflamed, you may be in pain, have trouble breathing, and experience other symptoms that lower your quality of life. If you’re one of 37 million Americans with sinusitis, expert ENT specialist and surgeon Christina M. McAlpin, MD, can help you find relief. Dr. McAlpin treats residents of the Los Angeles area who have acute, chronic, or recurrent sinusitis. Call Dr. McAlpin’s helpful team to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.
Your sinuses are air-filled pockets in the bones of your face and skull, in and around your nose. Sinuses produce mucus that moisturizes the interior of your nose and protects it from pollution, dust, dirt, bacteria, and other microorganisms.
Sinusitis is an inflammation and blockage of your sinuses, often accompanied by a bacterial or fungal infection. Both children and adults can get sinusitis.
Some sinusitis symptoms include:
The different types of sinusitis are:
You’re more likely to get sinusitis if you have:
Children can also develop sinusitis from:
If your sinusitis is uncomplicated, Dr. McAlpin may recommend salt-water nasal flushes and an over-the-counter decongestant. Warm compresses also alleviate pain and discomfort.
Don’t use a decongestant for more than three days because it may worsen your condition. If your symptoms persist, contact Dr. McAlpin for follow-up treatment.
Depending on what caused your sinusitis and how severe it is, Dr. McAlpin may also prescribe:
Rarely, untreated sinusitis develops into meningitis, which is a severe inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Rarely, untreated sinusitis can also lead to a brain abscess or bone infection.
If you or your child have the signs or symptoms of sinusitis, contact ENT specialist Dr. McAlpin. Use the online form or call her friendly staff to make an appointment.