Sinus Disease Specialist

Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus

Garrison Morin, MD

Otolaryngology located in Winchester, VA

Sinus disease, also referred to as sinusitis, affects 14% of American adults, causing congestion, facial pain, and other disruptive symptoms. At Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus, board-certified Garrison Morin, MD, and his team offer an integrative, patient-focused approach to diagnosing and treating acute and chronic sinus disease. Call the Winchester, Virginia, office or schedule an appointment online today for expert, customized care.

Sinus Disease Q & A

What is sinus disease?

Sinus disease, which is often called sinusitis, occurs when your sinuses become inflamed. The inflammation not only causes congestion and facial pain but also stimulates excess mucus production, which exacerbates the congestion and pain. Some of the other common symptoms of sinus disease include:

  • Thick, yellow, or green mucus
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • A nasal obstruction that makes breathing feel difficult or labored
  • Bad breath
  • Aching in your upper jaw and teeth
  • Fatigue

You can have acute or chronic sinusitis. Acute sinus disease lasts for a week or more, while chronic sinus disease lasts for three months or more. Chronic sinus disease can also be recurrent, and you may suffer from multiple bouts of sinus disease every year.

What causes sinus disease?

Many factors contribute to sinusitis. For example, you may develop sinus disease after a cold. If you frequently touch your nose while your nasal sinuses are already inflamed, it’s easy for bacteria or a virus to infect the tissue.

However, you may also have a physical abnormality such as nasal polyps or a deviated septum that contributes to your sinus disease. Other risk factors for sinusitis include:

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Dental infections
  • Compromised immune system

Whether acute or chronic, the uncomfortable effects of sinus disease are treatable at Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus.

How is sinus disease diagnosed?

At Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus, Dr. Morin offers comprehensive exams that take into account your overall health, lifestyle, and your symptoms.

He may take a swab from your sinus to check for a bacterial or viral infection or use endoscopy to examine the inside of your sinuses for inflammation and other blockages.

In some cases, Dr. Morin may order imaging studies such as MRIs or CT scans to get more information about your sinus structures.

How is sinus disease treated?

Dr. Morin offers customized treatments at Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus to relieve your symptoms, heal your sinuses, and improve your overall health to reduce your risk of chronic sinus disease.

For example, he may recommend a corticosteroid nasal spray to reduce the swelling in your sinuses while also suggesting therapies to manage asthma, allergies, or recurring upper respiratory infections that increase your risk of sinus disease.

Dr. Morin also offers balloon sinuplasty, a minimally invasive procedure that doesn’t require any incisions or tissue removal. During balloon sinuplasty, he inserts a small tube with a balloon on its tip into your sinuses.

When the balloon is in place, he gently inflates it, which creates space in your sinuses. In some cases, he may recommend surgery to address issues such as nasal polyps or a deviated septum.

If you’re concerned about sinus disease, call Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus or schedule an appointment online today.