Sinusitis is common a condition that afflict 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 a swelling (inflammation) of the sinuses that can lead to blockages and prevent mucous from draining properly. This can lead to infection.
At Alamo ENT Associates in San Antonio, we see many patients suffering from chronic and recurrent sinusitis each week.
What Causes Sinusitis?
A number of factors can cause irritation and contribute to sinusitis, including:
In addition, some studies have shown that structural issues such as narrowed drainage pathways may lead to sinusitis outbreaks.
Common symptoms of sinusitis include:
- Loss of smell or bad breath
- Headache and facial pain or tenderness
- Lack of energy
- Nasal congestion and discharge
- Sore throat and postnasal drip
Acute, Chronic, and Recurrent Acute Sinusitis
Sinusitis can be acute, chronic or recurrent acute. 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 or medical therapy
- Chronic — symptoms last 3 months or longer—can be addressed via medical therapy, an office procedure such as balloon sinus dilation, or functional endoscopic sinus surgery
- Recurrent Acute – multiple acute sinusitis breakouts in calendar year—can be addressed via medical therapy, an office procedure such as balloon sinus dilation, or functional endoscopic sinus surgery
Want to find out which treatment option is the best for you? Schedule your initial consultation today.