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Chronic Sinusitis


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The sinuses are air-filled cavities, located in the bones around the nose and eyes, that allow for air flow and drainage. Chronic Sinusitis occurs when the sinus lining becomes swollen, which prevents natural drainage of the pathways and leads to chronic infections and nasal blockage. Approximately 1 in 7 adults are affected by this condition each year, making it one of the most common health conditions in America.

Symptoms include:

  • Facial pain or pressure
  • Nasal congestion
  • Discolored nasal discharge
  • Loss of smell and taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue and depression


Chronic Sinusitis can be treated with antibiotics, oral steroids, nasal steroid sprays, decongestants and antihistamines. However, if symptoms persist with medication, sinus surgery may be an option. During the surgery, an ear, nose and throat surgeon enters the sinuses via the nostrils to open blocked sinuses pathways and clean out the infection. Opening the inflamed sinus pathways allows for more efficient draining and improved air flow.

Inflammation and scarring can take place during the first 30 days after the surgery. This diminishes the benefits of the surgery and can sometimes cause symptoms to return. A new technology called PROPEL® is clinically proven to reduce inflammation and scarring.

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