Chronic Sinusitis

Chronic Sinusitis

Many individuals suffer from acute sinusitis, an inflammation of the nasal passages due to infection, at some point during their lifetime. Typically, these cases are easily cured with self-care and medication. If, despite treatment, the inflammation lasts for 12 weeks or longer, it is considered to be chronic sinusitis.

Four pairs of cavities make up a person’s paranasal sinuses. The paranasal sinuses, like the inside of your nose, are lined with a thin layer of tissue called the mucous membrane. It produces mucus, which flows out through openings of the paranasal sinuses and into the nose. When these openings become blocked, your sinuses can become infected and inflamed.

Paranasal Sinuses. Sinus pain refers to congestion and achiness in one or more of the four pairs of cavities (air-filled spaces) known as paranasal sinuses. Image courtesy of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Treating chronic sinusitis can be tricky because the condition can be caused or exacerbated by underlying conditions such as nasal polyps, a fungal allergy, a biotoxicity disorder, a deviated nasal septum, an immune deficiency disorder, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or complications due to cystic fibrosis. It is important to seek treatment because, over time, inflammation of the nasal cavity and sinuses can put you at a risk for developing other, more serious conditions such as meningitis or vision problems.

Persistent symptoms of sinusitis may include:

  • Pain around eyes, cheeks, nose forehead
  • Aching in the upper jaw and teeth
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Mucous buildup
  • Drainage in the nose or throat
  • Reduced smell and taste

At the Kaplan Center our physicians have years of experience treating patients with chronic conditions such as sinusitis, and we completely reject the notion that “you just have to live with it.”

At your first visit, your Kaplan physician will take time exploring the onset of your condition, the specific nature of your symptoms and the overall status of your health. You’ll also be asked about the medications and therapies you’ve tried in the past, and what has and hasn’t worked for you. To gather additional information about your condition, specialized diagnostic laboratory testing may be necessary.

After reviewing all of the factors contributing to your condition, your physician will spend time talking with you about your diagnosis and working with you to create a customized and multi-dimensional treatment plan that addresses not only your immediate pain, but also any possible underlying or co-existing conditions that may be causing or aggravating your symptoms.

We offer a multitude of effective treatment options, including:

We’re here for you, and we want to help. Our goal is to return you to optimal health as soon as possible.

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