The sinuses are typically filled with air, but they can become blocked and fill with fluid. This leads to infection and can cause facial pressure, a runny nose, and a cough. Our experts at Texas ENT Specialists can help diagnose sinus infections and set you up on the proper course of treatment. 

Sinus Infection Treatment Options 

Some sinus infections can get better on their own without antibiotics, but it is often a good idea to have them evaluated by a doctor. Treatment is required for those with chronic sinus infections, which last for 12 weeks or longer. Some of the treatment options we offer include:

Balloon Sinuplasty

The balloon sinuplasty procedure can help open blocked sinus passages and relieve symptoms. The procedure can be performed in-office with the use of topical and local anesthesia, and does not require incisions or removal of tissue. After numbing, a low-profile balloon dilation device is placed into the nose and guided towards the sinus openings using a small endoscope and camera. The balloon is then inflated, allowing for the widening of the blocked or narrowed sinus passageways. By causing a targeted micro fracture effect on the bone, this leads to a permanent opening and ventilation of the blocked sinus cavities. The balloon is then deflated and removed.

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Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Endoscopic sinus surgery can help remove nasal tissues that contribute to chronic inflammation and infections. The procedure may use general anesthesia, and is performed through the nose using an endoscopic (which has a miniature camera and light attached). High-quality images will then be transmitted to a monitor inside the operating room, giving the surgeon excellent visualization of the surgical sites of interest.  Small endoscopic surgical instruments will then be used to conduct the surgery by removing tissue including any nasal polyps or infectious discharge. 

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Sinus Infections Overview

Viruses are the cause of most sinus infections. Some sinus infections can also be caused by bacteria or mold. Sinus infections do not typically require medical treatment unless they present for longer than seven days, are accompanied by persistent fevers, or are associated with severe symptoms such as changes in vision and headaches. 

Sinus infections can significantly impact your quality of life and get in the way of the activities you enjoy. At Texas ENT Specialists, we can help you determine when treatment is required and the proper course your treatment should take.

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Symptoms of Sinus Infections

  • Facial pressure
  • Runny nose
  • Pain in the face
  • Headache
  • Fevers
  • Loss of smell and/or taste
  • Discolored discharge
  • Postnasal drainage
  • Cough
  • Sore throat

About Texas ENT Specialists

Texas ENT Specialists is a top-rated comprehensive ENT Provider in the Houston area. We offer our patients:

Personalized Treatment

We provide treatments that are customized to meet your specific needs.

Top-Rated Physician Network

Each location is staffed with a team of highly trained specialists who have been board-certified and fellowship-trained.

Centers of Excellence

Our goal is to offer you a  seamless patient experience from start to finish.

Continuity of Care

We believe in comprehensive care and are committed to helping you achieve long-term relief.

Who Can Get Sinus Infections?

Sinus infections are very common and can occur in many patients. Some factors that can increase your risk include:

  • A recent cold
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Structural issues in the sinuses 
  • Smoking and smoke exposure

Sinus Infections FAQ's

Can antibiotics help sinus infections?

In some cases they can help, but some infections may not respond to them.

I just had a cold, but the symptoms aren’t going away. Could that be a sinus infection?

Yes! Recent colds can be a lead to a sinus infection.

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