I've had chronic sinus infection for over a year and a half, documented by CT, MRIs over this time. I've also taken at least a half dozen antibiotics and they just can't get to the blocked sinuses because there's not much blood flow. Sprays and rinses can't get past the blockages either.
My ENT said now it's time for balloon dilation of the passages, rinsing out the sinuses, taking samples of the stuff in there. Then I got the paper that said what he's really going to do, and I looked it up in depth. It's called ethmoidectomy, which means surgically removing entirely the tissues of both the ethmoid sinuses - into which the other sinuses drain - and then taking the balloon and dilating the frontal and maxillary sinus
openings - which means crushing the surrounding bones! It may be as much as 4 hours of surgery, so I need blood work and an EKG beforehand. My headache (24/7) and chronic infections are bad enough I am willing to go through this.
The point is to research the subject. I put in probably 20 hours or more reading! Make sure you know what you are talking about
, and find out if there is an alternative. Ask for MRI to see if you have a blocked up sinus to begin with! You have to be willing to go through the treatment and have a few days of not so nice recovery, as far as I can find out. I kind of wish my nasal septum could be straightened (this whole thing started with a wreck that broke my nose), but don't think I could stand that much more at the same time. At least there's no nose packing that I know of without that major addition.