Sinus problems can cause significant, debilitating pain that can take a major toll on your life. At Integrated Healthcare Medical Group Inc, we help patients in and around Westwood, CA, get the most advanced treatment to help resolve symptoms and identify the underlying cause of chronic sinus problems so patients can breathe more easily and leave painful symptoms behind.
Sinuses are hollow spaces located behind your eyes, nose, cheeks and forehead, and their primary function is to produce mucus that can trap dirt and germs and moisten and warm air before it enters the lungs. Since the sinuses are exposed to germs and allergens all day long, it's not hard to understand how they can develop chronic problems that can cause painful symptoms.
Sinus problems often develop when an infection develops in the sinuses. Because the sinuses are warm and moist – ideal growing conditions for most germs – getting rid of infections can be difficult. Other causes include blockages that don't allow sinuses to drain properly and a deviated septum, a condition that occurs when the tissue separating the nostrils on the inside leans to one side, blocking normal breathing. A very few people may have an extra sinus that causes crowding and blocks normal breathing.
The most typical symptoms of a sinus problem include pain and pressure behind the eyes and nose, difficulty breathing, and a thick discharge from the nostrils. Many people with chronic sinus issues also snore.
The type of treatment you need will depend on what's causing your sinus problems. Most sinus problems involve some sort of infection, which may need to be treated with oral antibiotics or nose drops. Sometimes, keeping the nasal cavities moist with a simple saline (saltwater) solution can help prevent sinus problems. If your septum is deviated, you may need surgery to correct the problem. Dr. Sheibani and Dr. Broukhim will perform a comprehensive evaluation to help identify both your problem and its cause so you can get the treatment you need.