Paul E. Lapco, MD
Otolaryngologist located in Pompano Beach, FL
Sinus problems may come and go with a cold, or turn into long-lasting conditions that cause congestion, sinus pain and pressure, and headaches. When you have symptoms that don’t improve, it’s time to seek help at Dr. Paul Lapco, ENT, in Pompano Beach, Florida. You can depend on the experience of Paul Lapco, MD, to determine the cause of your symptoms and deliver prompt, personalized treatment that puts you on the road to recovery. Don’t wait to get medical attention for sinus problems. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Sinus Problems Q&A
What should I know about my sinuses?
The bones of your face and skull contain air-filled pockets called sinuses. You have eight sinus cavities, with four on each side of your face, running along your nose and in your cheek and forehead just above your eyes. These are the areas where you may feel pain and pressure when you have sinus problems.
All of your sinuses are lined by membranes that produce mucus. The mucus leaves the sinus through a small opening and goes into the nasal passages. Though mucus is associated with bothersome symptoms, it serves the important job of keeping your nose moist and warm.
What sinus problems might I develop?
Sinus problems often develop when an infection causes inflammation in the tissues lining your nose and sinuses. These swollen tissues block the sinus opening and force mucus to build up inside the sinus.
Problems in your nose can also block the sinus opening and prevent drainage. Nasal polyps, enlarged turbinates, and a deviated septum can all contribute to sinus problems.
Common sinus problems associated with inflammation and infection (sinusitis) include:
- Allergic sinusitis
- Nonallergic sinusitis
- Chronic sinusitis
- Fungal sinusitis
- Bacterial infections
You can also develop polyps inside your sinuses or nasal passages. If the polyps get too large, they block mucus drainage. Polyps and chronic sinusitis may lead to smell and taste disorders.
What symptoms develop if I have sinus problems?
Chances are you’re familiar with the symptoms of sinus problems:
- Stuffy or congested nose
- Pain, pressure, and tenderness around your sinuses
- Thickened nasal drainage
- Sinus headaches
- Loss of smell
- Ear pressure
You should schedule an appointment with Dr. Lapco if your symptoms last longer than a week or get worse, you have a fever, or you have a history or recurrent sinusitis.
How are sinus problems treated?
Dr. Lapco creates a customized treatment plan based on the type of sinus problem and the severity of your symptoms. If he suspects allergies, you may need allergy testing and treatment. Otherwise, your treatment may begin with medications that ease your symptoms.
Dr. Lapco also performs several minimally invasive procedures in the office to repair the cause of your sinus problem. For example, you may need one of the following:
- Balloon sinuplasty (opens clogged sinuses)
- VivAer® (eliminates structural blockages)
- SINUVA® (shrinks polyps)
- PolypVac (removes nasal polyps)
- Septoplasty (repairs a deviated septum)
- Turbinate surgery (remove or reduce turbinate size)
If you have sinus pain and pressure or nasal congestion, call Dr. Paul Lapco, ENT, or book an appointment online today.