Category: Sinus Infection

ENT Sinus Infection Treatment

Sinus troubles that just don’t seem to yield to the reasonable-minded ministrations of reasonable-minded doctors. We keep hearing about this kind of thing. Among friends and family, sinus infections that should just clear up with a little bit of care and treatment often end up becoming lifelong afflictions. Why would this be? Is there something about these people? Does conventional treatment for sinus infection not work with certain people?

Scientists are beginning to study how there might be a kind of colonies of bacteria called biofilms that might be behind all these intractable sinus infections. It’s not that these bacteria cause such terrible infections that our bodies and all the best treatments in the world can never take care of them. It’s just that the body seems sometimes to react to these biofilms in such an over-the-top way that our sinuses get all inflamed. The antibiotics we know of don’t really take care of these biofilms. We need surgery to actually scrape the inflamed tissue away so that our bodies can actually get over the whole thing.

So what makes bacteria difficult to deal with when they are in a kind of film coating our sinuses? Here’s a little secret about how antibiotics work – they don’t actually kill bacteria outright. Instead, they just make it difficult for them to multiply. When bacteria join hands to form a kind of sheet, they stop multiplying. They’re just happy the way they are. When you have bacteria like that, it can be difficult for antibiotics to kill them.

Treatment for sinusitis like this still starts with the regular methods. You give people nasal saline irrigations and hope that when all the mucus is washed out, that the body can somehow recover in peace. Of course, that doesn’t work with the really chronic kind of sinusitis.

The next step forward, when irrigations don’t do the trick, would be to really up the pressure on the bacteria with anti-inflammatory steroidal drugs. You could still get antibiotics to work. But you have to get an actual culture of the bacteria in the biofilm for a doctor to be able to prescribe the right antibiotic.

When these kinds of first-line treatments don’t work for sinus infection, surgery may be the next line of treatment to head for. But if surgery and a thorough cleaning out of all the inflamed tissue still doesn’t cure a patient (if those bacteria really know how to be tenacious), is there still something one can do that’s left? Sometimes, the sinus lining has been in bad shape for so long that it’s lost its ability to recover – even after all the bacteria have been cleared away by surgery. Regular nasal irrigation with anti-inflammatory medication then may be the only thing left to do.

There really is no cure for sinus infection that is truly, truly serious. One can only hope to treat the disease and keep it under control forever. With most people, that works out very well.

Sinus Infection and Dizziness

ent doctorA sinus infection can be bothersome enough. Your head feels like it’s about to explode, you feel like there’s a fever coming on and nothing seems right. When a bout of dizziness comes along for the ride, it is only fair that you would feel a little worried and feel the need to call your ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor. Why do a sinus infection and dizziness go together? In certain circumstances, unhappily, they certainly do. Our sinuses are internally connected to a passage that leads to our ear canals. Infections of our sinuses can easily set up camp in our ear canals. And as everyone knows, our sense of physical balance comes from the way our inner ears are designed. An infection of the ears can easily send our balance sensing inner ear parts out of whack.

It’s not just a when a sinus-related ear infection affects our balance sensing mechanism that we experience dizziness either. It can happen even when the infection goes nowhere near the inner ear. But you don’t have to let it go as far as all that. When you come down with a sinus infection, going down to the ENT doctor for a prescription to get rid of it should help you keep far enough away from any dizzy spells. What you need to do then is to catch a sinus infection right when it’s starting. The moment you sense a little pressure around the middle of your face, a little mucus and a heaviness that seems to radiate from around your cheeks, you know that you’re coming down with a sinus infection. Take steps to deal with a sinus infection and the dizziness should never have to be what comes out of it.

What are the sinuses exactly? Around the front of your face, in the bony matrix of your skull, bordering your nose, are this series of little cavities – strung out like an archipelago of islands. These are supposed to just be filled with air – to act as resonating chambers to help your voice project. When you get an infection, mucus fills these chambers up. And of course when it does that, your face feels swollen and painful. But how exactly are a sinus infection and dizziness related? One reason it can come about is that a sinus infection can get people to have headaches and feel exhausted. It is not uncommon for exhaustion to lead to a little unsteadiness.

When an infection progresses, it branches out into the eustachian tubes that connect the nasal passage to the ear canals. Those tubes are needed for the ears to be able to drain excess fluid away. Tubes that are blocked by a spreading sinusitis infection will no longer be able to drain fluid out. With mucus and fluid building up in the tubes, you can only imagine how it would upset the vestibular system in the inner ear and succeed in throwing your sense of balance off. Anything that leads to an infection around the ear canals can lead to dizziness. Since a sinus infection is one of them, dizziness is sometimes seen to accompany it.

antibiotic drugsIt’s pretty simple to get rid of a sinus infection and dizziness, luckily. All you need are a few ENT physician prescribed antibiotics, plenty of fluids, and rest. Sometimes, a little allergy treatment could help prevent the problem before it even comes up. If you should ever come down with a sinus infection that gives you a bout of dizziness, be sure to not do anything where you need to be alert – such as driving.

ENT Doctor and Rare Sinus Fungal Infection

Do you have a family member, a loved one, who just can’t stop getting an allergy or a sinus infection all year round? Did you ever consider the possibility that they could have a fungal infection right inside their sinuses? Although all Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctors are familiar with it, most people haven’t heard of a sinus fungal infection. It is one of the rarest kinds of sinus infections there are. When a fungal attack occurs in the sinuses, it is usually the paranasal sinuses that they target. These are the ones that are behind the eyes and cheeks. A fungal infection in the sinuses is an opportunistic thing. It is only people who have a weakened immune system or an allergy to the particular fungus, who actually get it. According to ENT physicians, most people really have no specific allergy to any fungus. About the only time that a normal person gets struck by a sinus fungal infection is when they live in an area that is simply crawling with fungal infestations.

Every kind of sinus infection comes with a throbbing pain all over the face, behind the eyes, swollen eyes, what feels like a toothache, and stuffed ears. You probably have had to see your ENT doctor about these symptoms in the past. Also along for the ride, you get a stuffy nose (not to mention a leaky one), a scratchy throat, a state where you find it hard to keep your eyes open in the sunlight, and sometimes, even a mild fever. With a sinus fungal infection, you get to experience all of these. You may also feel exhaustion and a worse fever for than you would with normal sinus infections. What is your tipoff that what you have is the sinus fungal infection and not a normal one? Well, a normal sinus infection clears up right away with antibiotics. Fungi don’t really respond to antibiotics. This is where your ENT doctor earns his pay.

The first step you need to take if you feel that your sinus infection isn’t responding to antibiotics is that you need to go to either your primary or ENT doctor to see if you need an X-Ray taken of your sinuses. Aspergillus is one of the most common kinds of fungus known to attack your sinuses. Your doctor will prescribe you with antifungal medication, and will probably ask you to look around your home to see if there is mold or fungus anywhere. Dampness in the basement for instance, is a major cause of fungus in the home environment. You’ll probably need to get an air purifier too.

Make sure that you protect your immune system. Exercise a lot, and drink plenty of fluids. Fungal infections don’t typically happen to people who stay strong.