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Nose Services at ENTACC

About Sinusitis

Sinusitis can occur after a cold or an allergy attack. Approximately 35 million Americans suffer from sinusitis. That contributes to 22 million doctor office visits per year. It is directly responsible for many missed work days and costs society billions of dollars. It is 18 percent more common over the past 10 years and is the third most common diagnosis used for antibiotic prescriptions. Sinusitis develops when the small openings to the sinuses are blocked and bacteria is trapped within the sinuses and multiplies. This causes the sinus lining to become swollen and the inflammation causing infection begins. This results in sinus pain, pressure, the production of pus and fever.

Usually an antibiotic is sufficient to treat acute sinusitis, especially when combined with expectorants and decongestants and plenty of water to hydrate you. If in spite of this therapy, the infection continues for a period of 12 weeks, the condition could become chronic sinusitis. These chronic infections are often treated with nasal steroid sprays, oral steroids, antibiotics as well as expectorants, decongestants and proper hydration. Some of these patients may require endoscopic sinus surgery if the medical treatment does not offer a proper response and improvement. Recent innovation in endoscopic sinus surgery allows image guidance technology to assist our surgeons to more completely remove the sinus disease during surgery, allowing the patients to have a much better result. Also, in-office balloon sinuplasty is becoming more common for a less invasive approach to treat chronic sinusitis. These balloons are inflated while in the small openings of the sinuses and once deflated allow the sinus passages to drain more effectively into the nasal chamber by enlarging the sinus openings. This balloon procedure is often done while the patient is awake and in our office. We at ENTACC offer our patients many options to treat sinusitis with outstanding results for this very common malady.

Erin O. from Downingtown, PA

“I had stopped taking my allergy medicine and ended up with the worse sinus infection of my life. The staff at Ear, Nose & Throat Associates of Chester County genuinely will provide you with the best care. I was overwhelmed by the kindness, concern, and sense of urgency everyone gave. My phone calls were returned promptly and time was made to see me in the office when it was an emergency.”

Connie J. from West Chester, PA

“I can say after years of coming to Ear, Nose & Throat Associates of Chester County, my relationship and trust with Dr. Marriotti has grown tremendously. He is personable, friendly and I appreciate his input with my hearing condition. The staff at Ear, Nose & Throat Associates of Chester County is always cheery and pleasant. I enjoy my visits and always leave feeling like I am in good hands.”

Dauna P. from University Lincoln, PA

“I am so grateful for the care Dr. Picariello has given for my complex and serious brain diagnosis. He has made such an impression on the way the process was handled. I shall never forget him and how humble he was when dealing with my condition. He is truly one of the best around and I am fortunate for his high ethical standards and professionalism.”

Kathy S. from Schwenksvile, PA

“The knowledge, encouragement, concern, and individual attention the doctors of Ear, Nose & Throat Associates of Chester County had demonstrated was far beyond my expectations. The office atmosphere is professional yet friendly. The doctors know their profession well and are able to explain in basic understandable terms. They made sure we were comfortable and took their time going over everything extensively.”

James B., from Coatesville, PA

“The allergy shot process has been a great experience and has prevented a reoccurrence of my nasal polyps, and decreased the need for my asthma inhaler. The allergy staff is excellent.”