For 25 years, Dr. Frank Brettschneider has led as president of Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) in Port Huron, Michigan. Dr. Frank Brettschneider has treated many patients with acute and chronic sinusitis.
Defined as an inflammation of the tissue that lines the sinus cavities, sinusitis traps mucus and air inside the sinuses. This in turn leads to pain and pressure, while buildup of mucus can cause further infection. Pain medication and decongestants can often alleviate symptoms, though some patients may need prescribed steroids to reduce swelling.
Antibiotics may help patients with bacterial sinusitis, but recent research suggests that this particular type of infection is relatively rare. If the condition actually stems from a bacterial or fungal cause, antibiotics will not be effective. Allergy medication may be helpful in cases resulting from untreated allergies that cause inflammation of the airway. However, allergy testing is typically necessary to determine whether this intervention would be appropriate.
Treatments for sinusitis typically also include home care techniques, such as the application of moist heat to the face. Combined self-applied care and medicinal therapeutics are often enough to treat sinusitis, though certain chronic cases may require surgery to unblock and enlarge sinus passages.
A board-certified otolaryngologist and oro-facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Frank Brettschneider has served patients at Port Huron ENT for more than two decades.