Choosing the Right Treatment for Sinusitis

The treatment of sinusitis depends on its cause, severity and duration of symptoms.

Acute Sinusiti

If your symptoms are mild and occur immediately after a cold, you can try simple remedies like Panadol to relieve the pain and nose drops to decongest the nose. You can also apply a warm pack over your face to reduce the discomfort.

Other treatment methods include:


Nasal douche

Nasal steroid sprays

Chronic Sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis is typically not caused by a bacterial infection, so treating the condition with antibiotics usually does not help. When conservative treatments or medications fail, surgery is required to reverse the obstruction in the sinuses.

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove diseased sinus cells and open up the natural drainage pathways between the sinuses and the nasal cavity.

The sinus surgeon will gently insert a small instrument, an endoscope, into your nostril to examine the area to be operated on, then use specialised tools to restore drainage and ventilation between your nose and your sinuses.

While open sinus procedures often require facial incisions resulting in visible scars and the need for nasal packing, with FESS, the sinus surgeon can have a better view within your nose and sinuses. FESS is almost always done completely through the nostrils, leaving no visible signs and less scarring.

The primary goals of management of acute and chronic sinusitis are to control infection, decrease the severity and duration of symptoms, facilitate drainage, and prevent complications. To schedule an appointment with our sinus specialists, please call 6397 5280.

Our Sinus Specialist

Dr Paul Mok

Senior Consultant ENT SurgeonMBBS, FRCS (Glasgow), FAMS (ORL)

Dr Mok is a Ministry of Health-accredited ENT specialist in Singapore. He has more than 20 years of experience and previously headed the ENT Head and Neck Service at Alexandra Hospital and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital before becoming the Deputy Chairman of the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Medical Board. He is the present Chairman of the Singapore Academy of Medicine Chapter of ENT surgeons.

Dr Lau Hung Tuan

Consultant ENT Surgeon,MBBS (London), MRCS (Edinburgh),MMed (ORL), FAMS (ORL)

Dr Lau Hung Tuan is a Ministry of Health-accredited ENT specialist in Singapore. He has more than 10 years of ENT experience and has a clinical interest in upper airway breathing and sleep conditions. He is highly passionate about finding holistic and individualized solutions for his patients.

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