Sinusitis in Santa Monica & Torrance CA

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sinusitis santa monica caSinusitis (also called a sinus infection) is a common medical condition that occurs when the sinus cavities in the upper skull become inflamed and do not drain properly. When the sinuses accumulate fluid and mucus due to an allergy or upper respiratory illness, their passages become obstructed. Without proper drainage, the impacted material becomes a fertile area for viruses, bacteria, or occasionally fungi to grow and create an infection. Sinus inflammation causes pain and thickened mucus within the nasal cavity and may be chronic or acute.

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Causes of a Sinus Infection?

The sinuses may become inflamed for a variety of reasons. A cold or respiratory infection is the most common reason for sinusitis to develop. Additional causes include:

  • Ear, nose and throat allergies
  • Nasal polyps
  • Deviated septum
  • Blockage of drainage ducts
  • Anatomical malformations of the nose or sinuses
  • Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke

Individuals with immune deficiencies, or those who take medications that suppress their immune systems, are at greater risk for developing a sinus infection.

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Types of Sinusitis

Sinusitis is categorized by the location of the inflammation and duration of the infection. A sinus infection can occur in any of the four pairs of sinus cavities, all of which are named for their locations.

  • Maxillary, under the eyes, behind the cheeks
  • Frontal, in the frontal bone of the forehead
  • Ethmoid, between the nose and eyes
  • Sphenoid, in the sphenoid bone, at the center of the pituitary gland

Sinus infections are also classified according to the duration of the sinus infection.

  • Acute sinusitis lasts up to 4 weeks
  • Subacute sinusitis lasts between 4 and 12 weeks
  • Chronic sinusitis persists for more than 12 weeks
  • Recurrent sinusitis occurs as several acute attacks within 1 year

Treatment for sinusitis may vary based on the type of sinus infection that the individual is suffering from.

Symptoms of Sinusitis

Symptoms of a sinus infection are uncomfortable and may be very painful and disabling. These symptoms may include:

  • Congestion and nasal obstruction
  • Pain in the upper teeth
  • Mouth breathing
  • Yellow or green mucus discharge
  • Ear Pain
  • Bad breath
  • Fever
  • Visual disturbance

A sinus infection may also cause headaches, facial pain, and pressure.

Diagnosis of a Sinus Infection

Sinusitis is diagnosed through a review of symptoms and a physical examination. An examination of the nose and throat is often necessary, usually with the aid of a lighted instrument called an endoscope. A nasal endoscopy may be performed to provide the doctor with a more thorough visualization of the area. The endoscope is inserted through the nose to illuminate the sinus cavities.

Nasal secretions may also be sampled for laboratory cultures to determine which particular germ is responsible for the patient’s illness. If allergies are suspected as the cause of the inflammation, allergy testing may also be performed.

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Treatment of a Sinus Infection

For acute or subacute sinusitis, the following treatment may be recommended:

  • Decongestants
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Saline nasal spray
  • Nasal corticosteroids

If the sinus infection is caused by allergies, antihistamines or allergy shots may be recommended. Antibiotics are prescribed if the sinusitis is caused by a bacterial infection. In rare cases, if the sinus infection is caused by a fungus, anti-fungal medication is administered. Cases of chronic or recurrent sinusitis that have not responded to medication, may require surgery to enlarge the openings that drain the sinuses, remove nasal polyps or correct structural problems inside the nose and sinuses. These surgeries may include:

  • Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)
  • Image-guided surgery
  • Caldwell-Luc procedure
  • Septoplasty
  • Polypectomy

While most patients who have sinus surgery find relief from troubling sinus symptoms, a small percentage of individuals may continue to have episodes of sinusitis.


Find More Solutions for Sinusitis and Reduce Nasal Polyps without Surgery

Dr. Daneshrad offers a non-surgical procedure for patients who suffer from repeat nasal polyps with SINUVA™ Sinus Implant. SINUVA is proven to reduce polyps, nasal congestion and obstruction.

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What is SINUVA?

SINUVA is a sinus implant that treats nasal polyps without surgery. It opens the sinus cavities allowing for better air movement and breathing while it is also slowly releasing steroidal anti-inflammatory medication into the sinus cavities over the course of 90 days.

How Does SINUVA Work?

Its innovative design provides a 2-in-1 approach: it is designed to open in the sinus cavity and release anti-inflammatory medicine to treat nasal polyps for up to 90 days.

What Can I Expect from SINUVA Placement?

During a routine office visit of about 30 minutes, most of which is spent on numbing the nose, Dr. Daneshrad will use topical and/or local anesthesia to numb the patient’s nose and sinuses. SINUVA is then gently placed in the sinus cavity through the nasal opening. Once in place the SINUVA will expand to open the sinus cavity and begin to slowly release the anti-inflammatory medication over the next 90 days to shrink the nasal polyps.

What are the Benefits of SINUVA?

  • Non-surgical reduction of recurrent polyps
  • Delivery of medication over 90 days for sustained relief
  • Significant reduction of nasal obstruction and congestion
  • Significant improvement of the impaired sense of smell

Who is a Candidate for SINUVA?

If you are over 18 years of age, have had prior ethmoidectomy and removal of nasal polyps, and are experiencing obstructed breathing or a loss of the sense of smell, then Sinuva may be the appropriate treatment for long-term relief.If you experience adverse reactions to steroids or steroid-based medications, then Sinuva may not be indicated in your case. If you also have any known sensitivity to the medication released by the Sinuva implant, then you may not be a candidate. If you have a history of nasal polyps and have noticed a return of sinus pressure, loss of the sense of smell, or nasal congestion then schedule a consultation with Dr. Daneshrad to verify whether Sinuva is an effective treatment option for you.

What are the Side Effects of SINUVA?

The most common adverse reactions observed in a clinical trial were bronchitis, upper respiratory or middle ear infection, headache, light-headedness, asthma, and nose bleed. SINUVA is indicated for adults with nasal polyps who have had ethmoid sinus surgery.

To learn more about sinusitis, sinus infection treatments and the treatment of recurrent nasal polyps with SINUVA at the Daneshrad Clinic, call 310-453-6678. We proudly serve patients from Santa Monica, Torrance, Los Angeles and surrounding areas, including Brentwood, Malibu, Culver City, Marina Del Rey, Venice, Pacific Palisades, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Palos Verdes.

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