Downtown ENT: B. Thuy Le, MD
Otolaryngologist located in New York, NY
When your sinuses are blocked or inflamed, you may be in pain, have trouble breathing, and experience other symptoms that lower your quality of life. If you’re one of the millions of Americans living with a sinus problem, expert ENT specialist B. Thuy Le, MD can help you find relief. Dr. Le treats people in New York City who are living with conditions like sinusitis and sinus polyps. Call the office in SoHo, Manhattan, to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
Sinus Problems Q&A
What are sinuses?
Your sinuses are air-filled pockets in the bones of your face and skull, in and around your nose. Sinuses produce mucus that moisturizes the interior of your nose and protects it from pollution, dust, dirt, bacteria, and other microorganisms.
What conditions affect the sinuses?
Your sinuses can be affected by several conditions, most commonly sinusitis and sinus polyps, which can cause blockages, congestion, and discomfort.
Sinusitis is an inflammation and blockage of your sinuses, often accompanied by a bacterial or fungal infection.
Cases of sinusitis can range from acute (lasting only a few days or a few weeks) to chronic (lasting 12 or more weeks).
Sinus or nasal polyps are small, benign growths that form in the tissue lining your nose. They usually form in the area where your nose and sinuses connect. Sinus polyps obstruct your nasal passages, causing congestion.
What are the symptoms of a sinus problem?
Some common symptoms of a sinus problem, like sinusitis and sinus polyps, include:
- Pain or pressure in your face
- Stuffed, blocked, or runny nose
- Loss of sense of smellTooth pain
- Bad breath
You may be more likely to develop a sinus problem if you have narrow sinuses, allergies, a deviated septum, or a compromised immune system.
How are sinus problems treated?
At Downtown ENT, Dr. Le provides personalized treatment plans that are uniquely tailored to your condition, circumstances and needs.
If you have a severe case of sinusitis, Dr. Le may recommend:
- Antibiotics for bacterial infections
- Antihistamines if allergies are contributing to your symptoms
- Steroids to control inflammation
- Sinus irrigation
- Balloon sinuplasty for recurrent or chronic sinusitis
For cases of sinus polyps, Dr. Le may recommend corticosteroids to reduce inflammation in your sinuses. Depending on your needs, she might prescribe a nasal spray or oral tablets.
Chronic sinusitis, frequently recurrent acute sinusitis and certain cases of sinus polyps may require minimally invasive endoscopic surgery to treat effectively for long-term relief. This procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you can return home the same day as your procedure. In some cases of balloon sinuplasty, it may be performed in the office with local anesthesia.
If you have signs or symptoms of sinusitis or sinus polyps, contact Downtown ENT. You can call the office to schedule an appointment, or you can use the online booking tool at any time.