Sinusitis Treatment in South Orange County
Sinusitis (also known as rhinosinusitis) is one of the most common and debilitating health problems in the United States. Research shows that sinusitis is now more common than asthma or heart disease.
How Do Sinuses Function?
The sinuses are air spaces behind the bones of the upper face and are located between the eyes and behind the forehead, cheeks, and nose. Mucus is able to drain through the four pairs of sinuses. This drainage is essential to keeping your sinuses clear. Mucus acts as a filter for common irritants such as dust, mold, bacteria, pet dander, food and environmental allergens. Anything that obstructs the flow may cause mucus buildup thereby causing sinus inflammation in the sinus lining. When sinus inflammation is persistent, it can lead to a condition called chronic sinusitis.
Signs and symptoms of sinusitis may include:
· Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
· Facial pain, pressure or congestion
· Difficulty breathing
· Loss of the sense of smell or taste
· Teeth pain
· Sore throat
What Can I Do if My Sinusitis is Chronic?
Dr. Tyler Basen at Pacific Allergy & Asthma in Mission Viejo, continues to monitor the latest medical advances in treating chronic sinusitis. Your initial visit will include a comprehensive discussion of your symptoms, as well as a proposed testing and/or treatment plan to best manage your medical care.
There are a variety of reasons why a patient continues to experience sinusitis. Allergy testing is usually recommended to determine what may be causing symptoms. Patients may already have had some previous basic allergy tests that were either negative or inconclusive. An allergist/immunologist has more extensive training in the field, and typically offer more comprehensive allergy testing to get to the root of the problem.
Diagnosing the Cause of Sinusitis
Dr. Basen is an Allergy and Immunology expert, who is double boarded in Allergy & Immunology and Internal Medicine, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of persistent and often chronic sinusitis. Testing often does NOT require needles and is performed by simple, non-invasive testing called allergy skin prick testing. Final results can be interpreted within several minutes. Subsequent treatment is determined by the final results.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Basen, call us at 949-755-6414.