What Is Sinusitis?
What Is Nasal Endoscopy?
A nasal endoscope is a tube-like instrument equipped with tiny lights and cameras. Doctors use it to see inside your nose and sinus drainage areas.
First, you may get some anesthesia to numb the area, but that’s not always needed.
It depends on your particular case.
Acute sinusitis. If you have a simple sinus infection, your doctor may recommend you use decongestant meds and steam inhalations. You shouldn’t use an over-the-counter decongestant for more than a few days, though, because it can make you more congested.
If your doctor gives you antibiotics, you’ll probably take them for 10 to 14 days. The symptoms usually disappear with treatment.
Chronic sinusitis. Warm moist air may help. You can use a vaporizer or inhale steam from a pan of warm (but not too hot) water. Warm compresses can ease pain in the nose and sinuses. Saline nose drops are also safe to use at home. Over-the-counter decongestant nasal drops or sprays could also help, but don’t take them longer than recommended. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or steroids.
Other Treatment Options
You also need to avoid any triggers linked to your sinusitis. To reduce congestion due to your condition, your doctor may prescribe nasal sprays, nose drops, or decongestant medicine.
If you have allergies, the doctor may recommend an antihistamine. If a fungus is to blame, you’ll get a prescription for an antifungal medicine. Your doctor may give you immunoglobulin (antibodies) if you have certain immune deficiencies.
Will I Need to Make Lifestyle Changes?
It helps to drink more fluids and quit smoking.
Do I Need Sinus Surgery?
Maybe, if antibiotics and other medicines don't open the sinus. Also, if you have a structural problem in your sinuses, such as nasal polyps that block drainage, your doctor may talk to you about a procedure.
Doctors usually use an endoscope to do these operations. Most people can get back to their normal activities within 5 to 7 days. Full recovery usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks.