Do I Have Sinusitis, and How Can I Treat It? (Updated 2024)

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Pressure headache.  A runny, congested nose. Exhaustion. Difficulty breathing. Sinus issues can majorly disrupt your everyday life by interfering with your ability to work, socialize, and generally feel as heathy as you should. If you experience sinus issues regularly, you may be wondering, “Do I have sinusitis?”

Sinusitis can sometimes be mistaken for a particularly severe cold or allergies that won’t away. If your symptoms don’t respond to your usual allergy or cold medication, it’s important to be diagnosed and treated for sinusitis by an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor before your symptoms worsen. Keep reading to learn more about this condition and what treatment options are available.

What Is Sinusitis?

When your body is working as it should, your sinuses work to drain mucus from each sinus cavity into your nose. But one or more of your sinus cavities may become irritated and inflamed, which causes a host of uncomfortable symptoms. This inflammation is referred to as sinusitis.

Your sinusitis symptoms may last a few weeks before getting better, or they may be chronic and difficult to fully resolve. Sometimes your symptoms may come and go, as your sinusitis may seem to get better then quickly worsen again. Acute sinusitis can be treated with nasal sprays and antibiotics, while chronic sinusitis may require surgery.

Different Types of Sinusitis

Acute: Acute sinusitis occurs because of temporary inflammation from allergies, a cold, or another type of irritation. Symptoms can last up to a month.

Chronic: Chronis sinusitis occurs when the symptoms last three or more months.

What Are the Symptoms of Sinusitis?

  • Nasal congestion
  • Facial pain, swelling, or tendering
  • Reduced ability to smell and/or taste
  • Mucus running down throat
  • Yellow or green mucus
  • Difficultly breathing through nose
  • Headache
  • Nasal polyps (growths)
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat

Treatments for Sinusitis

You should be examined by an ENT doctor to be properly diagnosed. After your ENT examination, your doctor will be able to determine if you have sinusitis, whether it is chronic or acute, and the best treatment for your needs.

Nonsurgical treatment options include:

  • Nasal sprays (decongestant sprays, corticosteroid sprays, saline sprays)
  • Antihistamines
  • Antibiotics

If you do need surgical intervention, our expert providers may recommend one of the following procedures:

  • Computer Assisted Sinus Surgery – this minimally invasive endoscopic surgery can clear blocked sinuses and identify and remove any abnormal growths
  • Balloon Sinuplasty – this procedure permanently dilates the sinuses using a small balloon to allow for better drainage

Learn more about balloon sinuplasty in the video below.

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If you’ve been diagnosed with sinusitis and your symptoms are interfering with your life, Surgical Solutions Network’s ENT doctors can help you resolve your chronic sinusitis symptoms with ENT surgery. We offer effective sinusitis surgery procedures such as Computer Assisted Sinus Surgery and Balloon Sinuplasty.

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