Sinusitis Specialist

Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center -  - Otolaryngologist

Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center

ENT, Chinese Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Facial Pain Dentistry located in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Saint Charles, and Schaumburg, IL

Around 12% of the adult population in the United States — some 29 million adults — have chronic sinusitis. Some 4 million people sought professional help for their symptoms in a recent year. Ryan Vaughn, MD, has an otolaryngology practice, Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center, located in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Saint Charles, and Schaumburg, IL, Illinois. He helps patients manage the symptoms of sinusitis, and he can help you, too. Call the practice to schedule an appointment or book using the online booking tool.

 


Sinusitis Q & A

What is sinusitis?

Sinuses are hollow cavities in your skull. Their function is to provide moisture to your nasal cavity. If they get blocked or filled with fluid, they become infected, and you develop sinusitis: inflammation or swelling of the sinuses. 

It doesn’t take much to cause sinusitis — even a common cold can be a trigger. Other causes include nasal polyps (small growths in the nose), swelling in the nose’s lining, and a deviated septum. 

Dr. Vaughn treats sinusitis cases using innovative, collaborative techniques.

It doesn't take much to cause sinusitis even a common cold can be a trigger. Other causes include nasal polyps (small growths in the nose), swelling in the nose's lining, and a deviated septum.

Dr. Vaughn treats sinusitis cases using innovative, collaborative techniques.



What are the different types of sinusitis?

There are four types of sinusitis:

Acute

Acute sinusitis symptoms start much like a cold, with a stuffy or runny nose. It lasts 2-4 weeks, and symptoms get better with treatment.

Subacute

Subacute sinusitis symptoms last 4-8 weeks. Treatment can take a while to work.

Chronic

Chronic sinusitis refers to repeat episodes of acute sinusitis, or a lingering infection that hasn''t yet had appropriate treatment. Symptoms last eight weeks or more.

Recurrent

Recurrent sinusitis occurs when someone has three or more episodes of acute sinusitis in a year.


Dr. Vaughn is an expert in diagnosing sinusitis to create the most appropriate care plan for your condition.

What are the symptoms of sinusitis?

Acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis have mostly the same symptoms, but they vary in how long they last. They include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Feeling of pressure in the face
  • Pain and tenderness around the sinus areas
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Loss of smell
  • Earache
  • Jaw ache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Dental pain
  • Bad breath


Dr. Vaughn has several methods available when it comes to treating sinusitis symptoms. He works with you to find the one that suits you best.



How do you diagnose sinusitis?

Sinusitis is diagnosed through a combination of your symptoms, an internal nasal examination (often completed with an endoscope) and a CT scan.

A nasal endoscopy allows Dr. Vaughn to see the inside of your nasal airway so he can evaluate for conditions such as polyps or a deviated septum. 

At Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center, Dr. Ryan Vaughn has the ability to perform a CT scan of your sinuses in the office. This technology allows Dr. Vaughn to review your findings during your visit allowing you to have answers at your first appointment.




How do you treat sinusitis? 

Dr. Vaughn uses a combination of traditional and holistic practices in his treatments. For a simple sinus infection, he recommends nasal saline irrigation, non-medicated nasal sprays, and possibly medication based on your unique needs. In more severe cases, he considers corticosteroids or a course of antibiotics.

If a patient has chronic or recurrent sinusitis that doesn’t respond to other treatments, he recommends a stepwise approach utilizing conservative measures before more aggressive surgery. These options can include procedures such as balloon sinuplasty, a noninvasive surgery that permanently treats your sinuses.

Don’t struggle with sinus pain; make an appointment at Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center today.