Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining. If the sinus opening becomes blocked due to this swelling, normal mucus drainage may not occur, and this may lead to recurrent sinus infections and painful symptoms. Sinusitis can be acute, lasting for less than four weeks, or chronic, lasting longer than 12 weeks. When sinus symptoms either last longer than 12 weeks, or if you experience more than 4 sinus infections each year, you should see an ENT doctor to discuss treatment options.
What is the difference between chronic sinusitis and allergies or colds?
Sinusitis is often preceded by a cold or allergy attack. Colds and allergies can lead to inflamed sinuses, causing the sinus openings to become blocked. This prevents normal mucus drainage and can result in sinusitis.
What are the common symptoms of sinusitis?
Common symptoms of both acute and chronic sinusitis include:
Tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead
Sinus pressure or congestion
Difficulty breathing through the nose
Loss of the sense of smell or taste
Yellow or green mucus from the nose
Sore throat from nasal discharge
What types of doctors treat chronic sinusitis?
Many types of physicians including general and family practice physicians, pediatricians, and allergists may prescribe medication for sinusitis. However, if you have chronic sinusitis or if your symptoms do not improve with medication, you may be referred to an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor, or Otolaryngologist, who can discuss additional options to treat your chronic sinusitis.
In-Office Balloon Sinuplasty
Septoplasty (Deviated Septum Repair)
Inferior Turbinate Reduction
Revision Sinus Surgery
Extended Frontal Sinus Surgery (Modified Lothrop Procedure)