What Is Sinusitis & How Is It Treated?

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus cavities around the nasal passages. It is estimated that sinusitis affects more than 3 million people each year in the United States. We provide effective treatment options to patients suffering from sinusitis.

Symptoms of Sinusitis

The most common symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Pressure in the face
  • Nasal discharge
  • Headache
  • Chronic cough

Sinusitis can be very painful. Those who suffer from allergic rhinitis or asthma are more at risk for developing sinusitis. In some cases, sinusitis can be caused by nasal polyps, deviated nasal septum, or an infection. For patients who have more than 3-4 acute sinus infections each year, an allergy evaluation may be necessary to diagnose and treat the sinusitis.

Acute Sinusitis vs. Chronic Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis often heals on its own in a relatively short amount of time. Patients may experience symptoms for a few days or a few weeks. Common cold viruses or allergies could trigger acute sinusitis, and patients may recover without needing prescribed medication.

On the other hand, chronic sinusitis lasts longer than 8 weeks, and may be caused by growths or infections in the sinus passageways. Patients with chronic or recurring sinusitis should avoid activities that could worsen the symptoms. Unlike acute sinusitis, which may heal on its own, chronic sinusitis often requires medical treatment in order to heal.

Treatment for Sinusitis

Treatment for acute sinusitis may include antibiotics to kill an infection, over-the-counter nasal sprays or decongestants, anti-inflammatory pain relievers like aspirin, and saline rinses. Treatment for chronic sinusitis depends on the cause of the inflammation. If the sinusitis is caused by a bacterial infection, treatment will include antibiotics. If the sinusitis is caused by allergies, immunotherapy with allergy shots could help eliminate chronic or recurring sinusitis. Steroid shots, sinus surgery, and corticosteroid nasal sprays could also be used to treat the symptoms of chronic sinusitis.

If you suffer from acute or chronic sinusitis, the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia is here to help. Our Georgia allergists are trained, board certified, and committed to helping you experience a better quality of life. Call us today at (404) 994-3574 to discuss your situation with a member of our team!

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