Sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection, is an inflammation of the sinus lining generally caused by bacterial, viral, or structural issues of the nose. When this occurs, mucus doesn't drain properly. Instead, the result is a stuffy nose and a buildup of mucus around the eyes and face.Sinusitis symptoms, including congestion, headaches, fever, and even dental pain, make it difficult to go about your daily activities. For nearly 30 million adults in the US, and many children, sinusitis is chronic. At Anne Arundel ENT, located in Annapolis, Maryland, board certified otolaryngologist Dr. Robert Baxter Meek, III, uses state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and treatments to remedy chronic sinusitis.
There are two main types of sinusitis:
Symptoms typically include one or more of the following:
Dr. Meek always begins by taking a medical history and detailed account of each patient’s symptoms, followed by a physical examination. Chronic nasal congestion (sinusitis) is evaluated with the aid of a 3D CT scan, nasal endoscopy, and cultures, when necessary.
Standard, first-line treatments for sinus infections include: antibiotics, decongestants, pain relievers, saline irrigations, topical corticosteroids, steroid irrigations, and oral steroids. However, for those who suffer chronic sinus infections, more aggressive therapy is recommended. Dr. Meek offers the most advanced options that provide long-term relief, such as Balloon Sinuplasty. This is a relatively new, minimally-invasive procedure in which a flexible balloon is inserted into the sinus cavity via a catheter and inflated to enlarge and restructure the sinus opening to improve blocked drainage. This procedure is safe and can provide long-lasting effects.
At Anne Arundel ENT, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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