Sinusitis is defined as inflammation of the nose and paranasal sinuses. Symptoms include nasal obstruction/congestion, nasal drainage, facial pain/pressure, smell loss, runny nose, and postnasal drip. Acute Sinusitis refers to symptoms lasting up to 4 weeks. Often, acute bacterial sinusitis is preceded by a viral illness leading to progressive and worse nasal congestion and facial pressure. Recurrent Acute Sinusitis is several attacks within a year. Chronic Sinusitis refers to symptoms lasting longer than 3 months. Clinical presentation varies by patient, as chronic inflammation, which can include nasal polyps, blocks the natural drainage pathways for mucus clearance.
Treatment is targeted to relieve sinus blockage, decrease underlying inflammation, and improve mucus clearance. Many patients with Chronic Sinusitis feel better with appropriate conservative medical therapy including pills, nasal sprays, and sinus irrigations. For patients with persistent symptoms despite long courses of medications, we can provide a range of surgical treatments including Balloon Sinus Dilation (Balloon Sinuplasty) and Endoscopic Sinus Surgery.
Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to many of our patients’ questions about sinusitis.