We all have sinuses; they are air filled spaces in our skull (shown in pink). The sinuses have a lining that makes mucous to cleanse the area. This mucous then drains by a small hole called an ostia. When the ostia gets swollen or narrow the mucous stays inside the sinus and you can get a sinus infection. Many patients feel like they have a swollen sinus or sinus congestion.
Ear, nose and throat doctors spend numerous years gaining specialized knowledge on the complex anatomy, evaluation and treatment of sinus infections. We know when to use antibiotics, nasal sprays, and other pills. As Otolaryngology trained specialists we also have expert training to understand when these medical measures are not working. It is then that we can discuss office-based or operating-room procedures. We all have sinuses but when yours are giving you sinus headaches, a sensation of a swollen sinus, sinus pressure or sinus congestion, it is time to see an ear, nose and throat expert.