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Nearly 37 million Americans suffer from at least one episode of acute nasal inflammation each year.

For those who suffer from conditions like the blockage of drainage ducts, nasal polyps, narrow drainage ducts, nasal mucous membrane swelling or those whose medications compromise the immune system could be at greater risk for this condition.

There are four different types of nasal inflammation:

Acute nasal inflammation comes very suddenly and includes pain that does not go away after 10-14 days. The acute type typically lasts four weeks or less.

Sub-acute lasts four to eight weeks.

Chronic shares the same characteristics as the first two types and lasts eight weeks or longer.

Recurrent inflammation consists of several repeated attacks, which happen within the time frame of one year.

Because causes of nasal inflammation are so varied, the treatments are as well.

Acute onset sinusitis comes on rapidly and healthcare professionals may diagnose it as such, simply prescribing a nasal decongestant. They may also give an over-the-counter type of nasal spray or nasal drops depending upon the severity of the condition.

If the issue is diagnosed as chronic or recurrent, a doctor may suggest a vaporizer or steam machine to help soothe the nose.

Antibiotics or oral steroids may also be prescribed.

For more severe cases a doctor may be able to prescribe some stronger antibiotics.

If you have a sore throat with fever and body aches chances are it is the result of a viral infection such as a cold or flu.

Scratchiness is another way to determine if you have an allergy-induced sore throat. In addition to the “raw” feeling that results from postnasal drainage, particles that directly enter the respiratory system can cause a scratchy feeling.

If you are experiencing sore throat on a routine basis, and have ruled out a viral infection or bacteria as the primary cause, Balloon Sinuplasty may be a proper solution for you. American Sinus Institute specializes in providing Balloon Sinuplasty which may provide long term relief.


Another treatment for nasal inflammation is Balloon Sinuplasty.

This procedure is less invasive when compared to traditional sinus surgeries.

A tiny balloon catheter is placed into the blocked nasal passages. The balloon is then inflated, which opens up the restricted airways from blockages. Saline is then sprayed into the opened passage, which helps to remove the remaining mucus, pus and any other infected material.

When a patient receives a Balloon Sinuplasty treatment, the integrity of the inner lining of the sinuses is maintained, therefore many people have little to no recovery time.

At the end of the day nasal inflammation is a condition we would all like to avoid and get relief from when we do experience it.

For more information on Balloon Sinuplasty, contact American Sinus Institute today to schedule a consultation.

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Nearly 37 million Americans suffer from at least one episode of acute nasal inflammation each year. For those who suffer from conditions like the blockage of drainage ducts, nasal polyps, narrow drainage ducts, nasal mucous membrane swelling or those whose medications compromise the immune system could be at greater risk for this condition.

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The Role of the Sinuses

To understand sinus inflammation, it is important to first learn about your sinuses and their role in your health.

The sinuses are air spaces behind the bones of the upper face, between the eyes and behind the forehead, nose, and cheeks. The sinuses are covered with a mucus layer and cells that contain little hairs on their surfaces called cilia. These help trap and push out bacteria and pollutants.

Each sinus has an opening that allows mucous to drain—this drainage is essential to keeping your sinuses working well and you healthy. Anything that obstructs that flow may cause a buildup of mucus in the sinuses and trigger symptoms that range from minor to severe.

Experts agree that healthy sinuses are a key to a good quality of life and that unhealthy sinuses may cause some unwanted complications.

Sinus Inflammation Defined

Sinus inflammation is the irritation of the tissues in your sinuses. It causes facial pain, a stuffy or runny nose, and sometimes a fever and other symptoms. Symptoms include:

  • Nasal Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Coughing

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There are two main categories of sinusitis: acute and chronic.

Sinusitis is usually preceded by a cold, allergy attack or irritation from environmental pollutants. Often, the resulting symptoms, such as nasal pressure, nasal congestion, a “runny nose,” and fever, run their course in a few days. However, if symptoms persist, a bacterial infection or acute sinusitis may develop.

Most cases of sinusitis are acute (or sudden onset); however, if the condition occurs frequently or lasts 12 weeks or more, you may have chronic sinusitis.

Sinus Inflammation Facts

  • Acute sinusitis symptoms (nasal congestion, drainage, facial pain/pressure and decreased sense of smell) last less than four weeks. It’s usually caused by viruses like the common cold.
  • Subacute sinusitis symptoms last four to 12 weeks.
  • Chronic sinusitis symptoms last at least 12 weeks. Bacteria are usually the cause.
  • Recurrent acute sinusitis symptoms come back four or more times in one year and last less than two weeks each time.

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Have questions, concerns, or ready to take the next step towards better sinus health? Our team is here to assist you. Reach out to us and let us guide you on your journey to a clearer, healthier life.

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