Do You Have a Sinus Disease?

By Richard Nass, M.D.
April 13, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinus Disease  

Sinusitis occurs when there’s a swelling or inflammation of the tissue that lines the sinuses. When your sinuses are healthy, they’re filled with air. However, when they become clogged due to fluid buildup, germs could thrive and lead to a sinus infection. The most common conditions that could cause blockage in the sinuses include allergic rhinitis, the common cold, a deviated septum, and nasal polyps.

If you’re having any issues with your sinuses, you can consult with our ENT doctor, Dr. Richard Nass, here in our Manhattan, NY, practice.

Types of Sinus Infections

Basically, there are four types of sinusitis, these are:

  1. Acute Sinusitis: This typically begins with cold-like symptoms like facial pain and a clogged or runny nose. It may begin suddenly and last for two-to-four weeks.
  2. Subacute Sinusitis: This usually lasts for four to 12 weeks.
  3. Chronic Sinusitis: Symptoms last for more than 12 weeks.
  4. Recurrent Sinusitis: Episodes of sinusitis occur several times yearly.

Symptoms of Acute Sinusitis

You might have a stuffy nose, facial pressure or pain, congestion or cough, and loss of smell. You might also have a fever, fatigue, dental pain, and bad breath. In most cases, it’s usually acute sinusitis if you experience more than two of these symptoms and/or have thick, yellow or green nasal discharge.

Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis

You might have a fever, pus in your nose, discolored postnasal drainage, nasal congestion, and feel fullness or pressure in your face for more than 12 weeks. Likewise, you may have tooth pain, bad breath, and persistent headaches, and you may feel constantly tired. However, plenty of conditions can cause these symptoms, so it’s important that you visit your ENT doctor in Manhattan, NY, to find an accurate diagnosis.

Treatments for Sinusitis

For simple sinus infections, treatments typically include saline nasal washes and a decongestant. But you shouldn’t take OTC decongestants for more than three days since it could make your nose more congested. If you were prescribed antibiotics, you should take them as directed. Moist, warm air also helps with chronic sinusitis. For this, you can inhale steam from a bowl with hot water or utilize a vaporizer.

You’ll likewise have to avoid triggers related to your sinusitis and take antihistamines if you have persistent allergies. You may also be prescribed antifungal medication if a fungus is the cause of your symptoms. Additionally, your doctor might recommend immunoglobulin therapy if immune deficiencies are causing your sinusitis.
 

Suffering from Sinus Disease? Get Relief Now

Dial (212) 734-4515 to book an appointment with our ENT doctor, Dr. Richard Nass, here at our Manhattan, NY, practice.

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