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Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus and nasal cavities, which are small air-filled pockets found in the nose, eyes, cheekbones, and behind the forehead. This inflammation prevents the normal drainage of fluids from these cavities, and promotes the rapid growth of viruses, bacteria, and other germs. The rapid growth of these germs causes a sinus infection.

Sinusitis is typically caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Additionally, allergic reactions and a history of allergies are among the leading causes of sinusitis. At the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia in Atlanta, our board-certified specialists treat sinusitis, and the allergic conditions which may cause sinus infections.

Signs and Symptoms of Sinusitis

Signs that you may be experiencing a sinus infection are very similar to the symptoms of the common cold, which include:

  • Fever and fatigue
  • Headaches, often sinus headaches
  • Postnasal drip and sore throat
  • Cough
  • Nasal congestion

If these symptoms persist for more than a couple of weeks, you may be experiencing sinusitis. The board-certified specialists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia in Metro Atlanta identify the differences between the common cold and sinusitis, and provide treatment for the infection.

Types of Sinusitis

We treat several types of sinusitis in Metro Atlanta at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia, including:

  • Acute Sinusitis: typically a viral infection involving a sudden onset of symptoms, and lasting less than 4 weeks
  • Sub-Acute Sinusitis: typically a bacterial infection lasting up to 8 weeks
  • Chronic Sinusitis: typically an allergic inflammation lasting longer than 8 weeks

Who Is Affected By Sinusitis?

Anyone may develop sinusitis, and it is estimated that around 37 million Americans experience sinusitis at least once per year. However, there are certain health conditions which place people at an elevated risk of developing sinusitis. Health conditions which increase the risk of sinusitis include:

  • Allergies
  • Nasal polyps
  • Colds or upper respiratory infections
  • Deviated septum
  • Smoking
  • Weakened immune system

Patients suffering from acute sinus infections 3-4 times a year or more often have underlying allergies, and can benefit from a complete allergy evaluation at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia. If you suffer from allergies, allergy immunotherapy administered by our board-certified allergy doctors can reduce the number of sinus infections by 80-90%.

Find Treatment for Sinusitis in Atlanta

At the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, our highly-qualified specialists in Metro Atlanta perform tests, which may include allergy tests or CT scans, to determine the extent of your sinus infection.

If you are diagnosed with a bacterial sinusitis, our specialists will likely recommend the use of prescription antibiotics. In some cases, the use of steroids or steroid shots may provide effective relief from chronic or recurring sinusitis.

If one of our board certified allergy doctors suspects that your condition may be caused by underlying allergy triggers, he will recommend a full allergy evaluation. Those who are found to be allergic can find relief from chronic sinus infections with allergen immunotherapy.

Severe cases of chronic sinusitis may result in a recommendation for surgery, which clears the nasal and sinus cavities. However, you may be instructed to purchase over-the-counter medication which will ease your symptoms.

Our board-certified specialists at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia work closely with patients suffering from sinusitis to develop an individualized treatment plan which treats their specific type of sinus infection and quickly returns their health.

Learn More About Your Treatment Options

Though some types of sinusitis may eventually clear on their own, other types require medical attention. Understanding which type of sinusitis is causing your infection is the first step toward receiving the appropriate medical treatment. At the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia, our board-certified allergy and asthma specialists diagnose and treat all types of sinusitis.

Request an appointment with the specialists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia via phone at (404) 994-3574 or online via patient contact form. Our offices located across the metro Atlanta area, including offices in Alpharetta, Hiram, Carrollton, Acworth / Kennesaw, Douglasville, Smyrna/Vinings, Villa Rica, and Newnan.