What is Sinusitis and How is it Treated?
Sinusitis is the inflammation of the sinuses, the hollow cavities within your cheekbones, around your eyes and behind your nose. It is often caused by an infection and commonly mistaken for a cold. Those with allergies and asthma are more likely to suffer from sinus issues because the airways are more likely to become inflamed when symptoms are present.
Acute Sinusitis refers to sinusitis symptoms lasting less than four weeks. Most cases begin as the common cold. With a common cold, symptoms often go away within a week to 10 days, but in some people, a bacterial infection develops and antibiotics may be required. Chronic Sinusitis is often diagnosed when acute symptoms have gone on for more than eight weeks despite medical treatment.
Along with a thorough medical exam, including a comprehensive history and physical (a CT scan may be ordered to view the anatomy of your nose). Your allergy specialist may decide that an allergy test is needed to determine what allergy triggers are causing your chronic sinus symptoms.
Chronic sinusitis, if left untreated, can lead to recurrent respiratory infections and ongoing ear and sinus infections. As allergies are often the culprit to chronic sinusitis, immunotherapy is an effective and long term treatment for removing these infections. Immunotherapy is the only disease modifying treatment for nasal allergies. When you begin immunotherapy, you will gradually increase your sensitivity so that you build up a tolerance to your allergens.
Don’t let sinusitis interfere with your life, your quality of life is important to us. Let us get you back to enjoying the things you love! If you think you or someone in your family might suffer from chronic sinusitis, make an appointment today.