Sinus and nasal specialists are medical professionals that diagnose and treat conditions affecting your sinuses or nasal cavity. You can visit a sinus and nasal specialist if you encounter difficulty breathing through your nose, loss of smell, runny nose, or nasal blockage. Depending on your symptoms, your sinus and nasal specialist Los Angeles can treat your condition through medications or surgery. With the advancements in the medical field, specialists have developed safe, minimally invasive procedures like endoscopic sinus surgery to treat sinus and nasal problems that do not respond to medications. Sinus and nasal specialists treat many conditions, including.
Sinusitis is the swelling of the tissue lining your sinuses. This inflammation causes mucus to be trapped in your sinuses, leading to bacterial infection. Symptoms of sinusitis may include thick or colored mucus, congestion, bad breath, cough, facial pressure, and a reduced sense of smell. Depending on the severity of your sinusitis, your specialist can use decongestants, nasal saline irrigation, and over-the-counter cold and allergy drugs to treat the condition.
Nasal polyps are tiny, jelly-like growths with inflamed nasal tissue. The cause of nasal polyps is unknown, but they are more common in people with asthma, chronic sinus infections, cystic fibrosis, and allergies. Your nasal specialist can recommend steroids nasal spray to slow the growth of your polyps. The provider can also recommend steroid tablets for short-term use. Surgery can be beneficial if your polyps are small and easily operable.
Nasal tumors are cancerous or non-cancerous growths inside your nasal cavity. Doctors do not know why these tumors begin to grow. Nasal tumors are more common in smokers, individuals with a family history of retinoblastoma, and people with long-term exposure to particular chemicals, fumes, and pollutants. Your nasal specialist may recommend surgery to remove your nasal tumor and radiation for cancerous tumors. If your tumor is large, your specialist may consult neurosurgeons on the best surgical approach.
Deviated nasal septum
The septum is the structure that separates the nostrils inside your nose. A crooked or deviated septum can result from nose trauma, or it can be present at birth. It may cause breathing difficulties, especially on one side, and a runny nose. An untreated deviated septum can lead to recurrent nosebleeds and nasal infections and breathing difficulties through your nose. Your doctor may prescribe medications and nasal steroids to treat runny noses or infections. If medicines are ineffective, surgery can straighten the deviated septum.
Inferior turbinate hypertrophy
Each side of your nose has structures known as turbinates. They contain a large amount of spongy mucosa. The turbinates are prone to allergies and dust irritation, which can inflame them. You can have challenges breathing through your nose if the turbinates are inflamed. Your sinus and nasal specialist can recommend a nasal steroid to reduce inflammation of your turbinates. If your condition does not respond to medications, your specialist can recommend surgery.
Sinus and nasal specialists are medical professionals that diagnose and treat conditions affecting your sinuses or nasal cavity. The professionals treat many disorders, including sinusitis, nasal polyps, deviated septum, nasal tumors, and inferior turbinate hypertrophy. Schedule an appointment with Mani H. Zadeh, MD, FACS, to get sinus and nasal problems treatment from qualified and experienced specialists.