Sinusitis

Sinusitis is a common condition that afflicts over 35 million Americans every year. The sinuses are air-filled spaces behind the forehead, cheeks, and eyes. In healthy sinuses, mucus drains out and air is able to circulate. Sinusitis describes an inflammation of the sinuses that prevent mucous from draining properly. This can lead to infection.


At Warner Robins E.N.T. Associates, we see many patients suffering from chronic and recurrent sinusitis.

What Causes Sinusitis?
A number of factors can cause irritation and contribute to sinusitis, including:
  • bacteria
  • viruses
  • fungus

In addition, structural issues such as narrowed drainage pathways may lead to chronic sinusitis.
 
Sinusitis Symptoms
 
  • Loss of smell or bad breath
  • Cough
  • Headache and facial pain or tenderness
  • Lack of energy
  • Nasal congestion and discharge
  • Sore throat and postnasal drip

Acute, Recurrent Acute, and Chronic Sinusitis
Sinusitis can be acute, recurrent acute, or chronic. Every patient is unique, and requires a personal approach to therapy. Our typical treatment options include:

Acute -- symptoms last 10-12 days – typically addressed via self-care and medical therapy

Recurrent Acute – multiple acute sinusitis infections in calendar year—A patient may be treated with medical therapy, an in-office procedure such as balloon sinus dilation, or functional endoscopic sinus surgery

Chronic -- symptoms last 3 months or longer—A patient may be treated with medical therapy, an in-office procedure such as balloon sinus dilation, or functional endoscopic sinus surgery