Do You Have Sinusitis? If you have inflammation or swelling in the tissue lining your sinuses, then you do have sinusitis. Healthy sinuses are filled with air but problems occur when they become filled or blocked with fluid. This results in germs growing and causing infection. There are some very common conditions that cause sinus blockage:

  • The common cold
  • Allergic rhinitis (swollen lining of the nose)
  • Nasal polyps which are small growths in the lining of your nose
  • Shift in your nasal cavity (deviated septum).

It may even lead to pain in your forehead or between your eyes. You may also experience upper teeth ache, your face feeling full and stuffy nose.

What Are The Different Types Of Sinusitis?

Acute sinusitis usually starts with cold-like symptoms like runny or stuffy nose and at times severe facial pain. Sub-acute sinus inflammation would usually last for about 4 to 12 weeks. You may see some chronic inflammation symptoms as well which could last for about 12 weeks or longer. If you have recurrent sinusitis attacks, you may experience these symptoms several times a year.

Are You Prone To Sinus Problems?

A lot of people get it each year and about 35 million Americans contract it at least once every year. The following conditions make you more prone to it:

  • Common cold that results in swelling inside your nose
  • Blocked drainage ducts
  • Structural differences in your nose that narrow those ducts
  • Nasal polyps
  • Deficiencies in your immune system
  • Medications that suppress your immune system

Sinusitis in children is also quite common and their causes are:

  • Allergies
  • Illnesses or infections from other kids
  • Pacifiers
  • Drinking from a bottle while lying on the back
  • Smoke in the environment

The main risk factors associated with sinusitis for adults are infections and smoking.

The following are the symptoms of acute sinusitis:

  • Severe or recurrent facial pain or pressure
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of smell
  • Cough or congestion

You may also suffer from

  • Fever
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue
  • Dental pain

Acute sinusitis is usually characterized by two or more symptoms. You may also get thick green or yellow nasal discharge. Chronic Sinusitis on the other hand may leave you with a feeling of congestion or stuffiness in your nose and face. You may also feel nasal obstruction and/or blockage, with pus in the nasal cavity, fever, along with a runny nose or/and discolored nasal drainage

Diagnosis Of Sinusitis

Your doctor or physician will observe your symptoms and give you a physical examination. He may also feel and press your face for tenderness and tap your teeth to assess its effects on the rest of your face.

What is Nasal Endoscopy?

An endoscope which is used to diagnose sinus problems is a tube-like instrument that is equipped with tiny lights and cameras. Your doctor may use it to look inside your nose and examine sinus drainage areas.

Sinus Infection Treatment

  • In case of a simple sinus infection, you can use a decongestant and even a saline nasal wash. Avoid using an over-the-counter decongestant for more than 3 days as it can make you more congested.
  • Antibiotics can be taken for 10 to 14 days and your symptoms should disappear with this treatment.
  • Breathing in warm and moist air (steam) may help in case of chronic sinusitis along with warm compresses to ease pain in the nose.
  • Use saline nose drops and over the counter decongestants (for short periods of time only).

Where fungal sinusitis comes in, you can only depend on an antifungal medicine. Always try to stay away from things and food items and metals that you are allergic to.

Do You Need Sinus Surgery?

You might need sinusitis surgery if antibiotics and other anti-fungal medicines have failed to deliver results. If you still experience any discomfort, recurring infections and severe sinus symptoms despite continuing long term sinus medications and treatments, surgery is the way to go. At WYO ENT you can rest assured that you would be diagnosed completely and will be returned home healthier than ever. With the leadership and care of Dr. Ian Swift the citizens of Gillette, Wyoming are definitely in safe hands.