Treatment for Sinusitis in Southern California

Individuals who suffer from chronic sinusitis, or those that have structural deficiencies of the sinuses, are often able to relieve their problematic symptoms with sinus surgery. Typically, treatment for such symptoms will begin with various over-the-counter and prescription medications, but if these methods do not properly relieve the symptoms within an appropriate time frame, then there may be cause for a surgical procedure to provide relief.

The board-certified ENTs at Southern California Ear, Nose, & Throat provide comprehensive treatments for sinusitis. We are proud to provide care for all of Southern California with offices in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, and Long Beach. Learn more and schedule your consultation today.

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis, also known as rhinosinusitis, is a condition that is caused by a viral or bacterial infection within the sinuses. This infection leads to inflammation of the lining of the sinuses, which blocks the sinuses. Once blocked, the sinuses begin to fill with mucus, which can cause a variety of symptoms such as:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Pain or pressure around the head and neck, which has been known to lead to headaches
  • Cloudy or colored drainage from the nose

Acute sinusitis will occur when the aforementioned symptoms have existed for a period of 4 weeks or more.

Ideal Candidates for Sinus Surgery

Before undergoing surgery, your ENT doctor is likely to try several less invasive treatment methods like irrigations, topical sprays, or oral pills. Sinus surgery should only be considered when other treatment options have been exhausted, and the nasal blockage experienced by the patient is affecting their daily life.

Results of a Sinus Surgery

Various forms of sinus surgery are all used to create a similar outcome. The basic objective of each sinus surgery is to restore natural sinus drainage, as this will soothe the sinus lining and relieve uncomfortable symptoms.

It is important to carefully consider each of your surgical options, and to voice any questions or concerns regarding sinus surgery to your ENT specialist. To schedule a consultation with an ENT specialist at Southern California Ear, Nose, & Throat, please contact our area office today by calling (562) 427-0550.

 

To our patients and families,

We at Southern California Ear Nose & Throat hope you all are staying healthy and safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.  As your physicians, your health and safety are our primary concerns, and we encourage everyone’s compliance with relevant instructions from our government and physician leaders.

We are happy to report that we are in compliance with state and federal regulations and recommendations at this point in time to protect both you and our staff. We are not scheduling routine elective surgeries at this time; however, if there is a surgery that is necessary, we are available 24/7 as usual, and the surgery will be performed.

At our offices, we are scheduling routine patients at intervals such that those patients who wish to, may remain in their vehicles until it is time to be placed in an exam room.  Rooms will be treated between each patient with disinfectant. We will be taking temperatures of patients who want to be seen in the office, and screening questions will be asked.

Along with our continuing to see patients in our office, we are available by teleconference. While not every visit can be done via telemedicine, we will make every attempt to accommodate those who desire a telemedicine visit. It may well be that you are not sure if an in office visit is necessary; some visits are (like a child born with tongue tie who has feeding difficulty), while many visits can be postponed (like a routine check on ear tubes).  If you have any questions, please call the office so that we may guide you.

As usual, please do not hesitate to contact the office for refills and prescriptions as necessary.

As many of you may have heard, there is new data to suggest that the initial symptoms of COVID-19 may be a loss of taste and smell. In the event that you develop loss of taste or smell, please contact the office of your primary healthcare provider if you have these symptoms, as they are more able to determine if COVID-19 testing is appropriate. We will be available by teleconference to assist your primary healthcare provider should the need arise.  

In terms of audiology, Hearing aid fittings and adjustments will continue to be done. A separate entrance to the office in Long Beach will be used for these patients, and some patients may be seen at out Los Alamitos office so as to separate them in time and space from other patients, maintaining social distancing to the best of our abilities.

In general, we urge all our patients to get as much sleep as necessary and drink plenty of fluids. It is important to wash your hands with regular soap and water Try not to touch your nose and mouth.

If you are able, please consider blood donation at your nearest hospital as there is a national shortage!

We must all work together during these stressful times! 

Sincerely

SCENT

Nina Yoshpe MD, Ayal Willner MD, Namrata Varma DO, Christy Beranek PA, Garrett Sherman NP, Susan Eckhardt AuD