Sinusitis is caused by blocked, inflamed or infected sinuses. Sinusitis can be difficult to diagnose however some of the most common symptoms include: blocked or runny nose, pressure or congestion in the face or mucus problems. Other symptoms include headache and loss of sense of smell.
Most patients with sinusitis get better without treatment or respond to treatment with antibiotics or nose drops, sprays or tablets. In a very small number of patients with severe sinusitis an operation may be needed. In rare cases, sinusitis left untreated can lead to complications with infection spreading into the nearby eye socket or into the fluid around the brain.
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)
The initial treatment includes: drops, tablets or sprays for a period of weeks possibly. If these treatments do not alleviate the symptoms, an operation will be required.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery is the name given to operations used for severe or difficult to treat sinus problems. In the past sinus operations were done through incision in the face and mouth but endoscopic sinus surgery allows the operation to be performed without the need for these cuts.