People who choose to get corticosteroid injections are usually suffering from severe or chronic sinusitis. Getting a steroid injection might sound terrifying, but for sinusitis sufferers, the injections may actually be a life-changing treatment for sinus pain.
Sinusitis is a condition that causes your nasal passages to become swollen and inflamed for at least 12 weeks despite other treatments. That inflammation stems from a wide range of issues including allergies or viral or bacterial infections and can cause nasal congestion, sore throat, sinus headaches, runny nose, coughing and more.
The injections provide relief by using steroids to decrease inflammation in the nasal passageway, allowing sinusitis sufferers to breathe more clearly and have less down time due to sinus pain. Additionally, they can help restore better sleep as many sufferers experience the worst symptoms at night and in the early morning.
Fortunately, most people do not need to continue to get intranasal steroid injections on a regular basis. Although some need to get them two or three times per year according to the severity of their symptoms, others only need it once a year or even just once in their life. Also, the injections work fast. Most patients reported relief anywhere from a few hours to a day after the injection.
Minimal side effects have been reported and include some irritation at the injection site, flushing in the face, changes in blood sugar, and insomnia.
Steroid injections are not a treatment for the occasional stuffy nose or rhinitis, which is a symptom of the common cold or hay fever that causes inflammation in the nose and should not be confused with chronic sinusitis. Both can cause similar symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, facial pain, headaches and sneezing, and sometimes rhinitis can be the precursor of sinusitis.
If you do suffer from sinusitis, your doctor will likely recommend less invasive treatments to start before moving on to injections. If treatments such as saline nasal spray or wash, antibiotics—if a bacterial infection is the source of your sinusitis—and nasal corticosteroid sprays such as Flonase or Rhinocort fail to provide relief, your physician may recommend injections.
If you’ve been dealing with nasal stuffiness for a while, you don’t need to continue suffering. Call Dr. Callari at (954) 760-7836 or use our online form to request an appointment. We will help you breathe easy with treatment for sinus pain.