If you have nasal congestion, facial pressure, cough, and thick nasal discharge, you may have chronic sinusitis. We can diagnose and treat your sinusitis quickly, painlessly, and effectively.
Your sinuses are hollow cavities within your cheekbones, around your eyes, and behind your nose. They contain mucus, which helps to warm, moisten and filter the air you breathe. When something blocks the mucus from draining normally, an infection can occur. Your infection may acute or chronic: acute sinusitis refers to sinusitis symptoms lasting less than four weeks.
Most cases begin as a common cold. Symptoms often go away within a week to 10 days; but in some people, a bacterial infection develops. Chronic sinusitis, also referred to as chronic rhinosinusitis, is often diagnosed when symptoms have gone on for more than several months, despite medical treatment.
People with seasonal and indoor allergies may be more likely to suffer from chronic sinusitis. This is because the airways are more likely to become inflamed when allergic rhinitis or asthma are present. There are other causes of sinusitis including infection, deviated nasal septum, nasal polyps, or in rare cases an immune system deficiency.
What are the symptoms?
One or more of the following may occur:
- A runny nose (the discharge may be greenish and/ or yellow)
- A reduced sense of smell
- Pain over the affected sinus – in many cases, it is more of a feeling of facial fullness or mild discomfort rather than pain
- Chronic headaches
- Chronic bad breath
- A feeling that you have a toothache
- Chronic cough (especially upon waking)
- A feeling of pressure or fullness in the ears
- Chronic exhaustion
In children, symptoms may include:
- Chronic earaches
- Mouth breathing
- Feeding difficulty
- Nasal speech