Getting Rid Of Stubborn Sinusitis By Sanchita Sharma The Hindustan Times A blocked sinus is something most people have learnt to live with, but it doesn't have to be that way. Sure, inhaling steam and popping antibiotics offers relief from symptoms of sinus (see box), but a minimal-invasive surgical technique exists that can restore sinus ventilation and normal function within a week. ''Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery re-opens the natural ventilation and drainage of the sinus instead of creating an artificial opening, as done in conventional surgery, where the skin is removed through an artificial opening through the nose,'' says Dr Shashikant K. Kaluskar, Senior Consultant, ENT & Head and Neck Surgeon, Tyrone County Hospital, Omagh, UK. He was in India last week to address ENT specialists on the surgical technique he helped pioneer and also inaugurate the Max Nose and Sinus Clinic at Panchsheel Park, New Delhi. ''Symptoms of sinusitis are similar to that of a bad cold, and many people just suffer them thinking it is a virus that will go away,'' says Kaluskar. ''But a sinus infection is caused by bacteria and needs to be treated with antibiotics, and if the problem becomes chronic, surgery is the most permanent option,'' he explains. Kaluskar has been practising in the UK for over 16 years and is one of the country's pioneering surgeons for non- invasive technique of endoscopic sinus surgery, having developed KTP/532 laser surgery for various applications in ENT and Head and Neck surgery, including rhinoplasty. ''Using a telescope at three different angles — 0 degree (allowing light straight through), 30 degrees and 70 degrees (allowing light in at an angle) — surgeons can now peer into the crevices of the nose and make the natural openings bigger,'' he explains. While the surgery takes a little over an hour and requires the patient to stay just one night in hospital, it's important to make sure you are going to a trained surgeon as ''the proximity to sensitive areas like the brain and eyes can cause complications''. ''Though the cause that triggers a sinusitis attack varies, the ethmoid sinus near the eye is the most commonly affected,'' says Kaluskar. An adult has eight honeycomb-like sinuses, with the four groups located above the eyes, below the eyes, on the side of the nose and the back of the nose. ''While we have no statistics for India, sinusitis is the third common disorder in the US, after arthritis and angina,'' he says. Given the pollution and high prevalence of viral and bacterial infections here, your persistent cold might just be sinusitis! Signs Of Sinusitis Acute Sinusitis A cold that lasts for more than 10 days. Yellow or greenish mucus. Pain over the infected sinus. Headache that gets worse when you bend over. Bad breath. Chronic Sinusitis Sinusitis that lasts for more than four months. Stuffed nose, with constant mucus secretions. Frequent headaches. Cough. Upset stomach or vomiting. Read the complete news at: http://www.hindustantimes.com News Plus http://www.mantra.com/newsplus Jai Maharaj http://www.mantra.com/jai Om Shanti Panchaang for 30 Jyeshtth 5104, Saturday, June 28, 2003: Shubhanu Nama Samvatsare Dakshinaya Nartana Ritau Mithun Mase Krishna Pakshe Manta Vasara Yuktayam Mrgashir Nakshatr Ganda-Vriddhi Yog Shakuni-Chatuspad Karan Chaturdashi-Amavasya Yam Tithau Hindu Holocaust Museum http://www.mantra.com/holocaust Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy http://www.hindu.org http://www.hindunet.org The truth about Islam and Muslims http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. The contents of this post may not have been authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the poster. The contents are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely not be read, considered or answered if it does not contain your full legal name, current e-mail and postal addresses, and live-voice telephone number. o Posted for information and discussion. Views expressed by others are not necessarily those of the poster.