The nose and sinuses are an important part of your respiratory functions. They can, however, be subject to some uncomfortable conditions. For this reason, it’s important to practice good hygiene and see an ENT specialist if you start experiencing symptoms. At Alabama ENT Specialists, we offer effective treatments for the following nose and sinus conditions.
Most people experience sinusitis at some point, whether as part of a common cold or on its own. It occurs when the tissues lining the sinus passageways become enflamed, preventing the sinus from draining infected mucus. This can create uncomfortable symptoms like pressure, sensitivity, and stuffiness. The cause of your sinusitis will largely determine your treatment options— for bacterial sinusitis, antibiotics can sometimes be effective. For viral sinusitis, saline sprays and over-the-counter medications can ease symptoms. In severe cases, a balloon sinuplasty procedure can dilate the passageways, allowing infected mucus to drain and providing relief.
Although not specific to the nose, allergy-sufferers most often experience symptoms in the nose and throat. Allergic reactions occur when an allergen enters the body and causes the body to produce histamine. Histamine creates the common symptoms of allergic reactions, and antihistamine drugs can help ease these. At our Tuscaloosa office, we can perform allergy tests to determine your unique allergens and tailor your treatment options accordingly.
Although it might not seem like it, nasal injuries are very important to address because they can cause difficulty breathing and other dangerous complications. If you experience a nasal injury, you should see an ENT specialist who can ensure that the structure hasn’t been disrupted— and if it has, we can recommend your options for surgical correction. In the meantime, over-the-counter medications can ease pain and swelling, while decongestants can ease swelling and stuffiness. You may be required to wear a nose splint to ensure that the nose heals properly.
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Whatever your concerns and symptoms, our ENT specialists can create the right treatment plan for you and ensure that you’re healthy and happy. To begin discussing your options, contact our Tuscaloosa office by calling or filling out our online form.