Sinusitis is a condition that affects the sinus cavities and nasal passages. Often associated with the presence of a cold or virus, sinusitis is an infection that results when the sinuses do not draining properly. When symptoms and inflammation are present for less than four weeks, the problem is termed acute sinusitis.
Symptoms of acute sinusitis include:
You can reduce your risks of developing acute sinusitis by caring for your respiratory health.
In some instances, a case of sinusitis may be related to an anatomical abnormality, specifically a deviated septum. If you suspect that you may have a deviated septum, consider seeing a nose surgeon for an assessment.
There are different types of sinusitis, which are categorized according to how long the symptoms last. A case of acute sinusitis becomes chronic sinusitis when discomfort and symptoms persist for more than three months. For a prolonged problem, a specialist should be consulted for a full evaluation.
Since acute sinusitis frequently occurs in relation to a cold or virus, symptoms often resolve themselves when the viral infection passes.
However, if you are experiencing acute sinusitis it is best to treat it immediately. When acute sinusitis is addressed promptly, the chances of complications or the development of a chronic problem are reduced. A range of treatments for acute sinusitis are available.
If the acute sinusitis is caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. Note that acute sinusitis due to a fungal or viral infection will not be responsive to antibiotics.
Dr. Alexis Furze, a California board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in treating the ears, nose, and throat, offers his sinusitis patients different therapies to alleviate symptoms. During your consultation, he will examine your sinuses to determine the scope of the problem and the best way to proceed with a treatment.
If you have sinus problems and would like to breathe in greater comfort, contact Dr. Furze’s office today to schedule a consultation.