Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus cavities. The sinuses are the hollow areas in the facial bones surrounding the nasal passages. When you have a cold, flu or other type of injection, you may experience acute sinusitis anywhere from a few days to multiple weeks. At Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT, we provide diagnosis and treatment for acute sinusitis at our facility in Alpharetta, GA.
Causes and Symptoms of Acute Sinusitis
Almost everyone has experienced acute sinusitis, usually beginning as small children. The sinuses become inflamed, and more mucus is created, resulting in a congested feeling in the nose and upper face. Most acute sinusitis is caused by viruses or bacterial infections – the vast majority of acute sinusitis cases are due to viruses. Symptoms of acute sinusitis include:
- Congestion and stuffiness in the nasal passages
- Cold-like symptoms that last more than a few days
- Pain and pressure around the nose, eyes and forehead
- Clear or cloudy mucus drainage – runny nose or post nasal drip
- Ongoing symptoms for 10 days or more
- Symptoms may get better, then worsen
Acute sinusitis usually does not last for more than four weeks, and many cases improve on their own without the need for medical treatment. However, when symptoms continue for weeks or return multiple times a year, there may be underlying issues beyond a virus and bacterial infection that need treatment.
Experienced Sinusitis Specialists
At Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT, we work with our patients to determine the source of acute or chronic sinusitis conditions. Our integrative and functional medicine approach looks at contributing health issues that may be a factor in sinus inflammation. If you have pain or breathing problems from sinusitis and want relief, we can provide diagnosis and treatment options at our state-of-the-art medical facility in Alpharetta, GA.
If you live in Dunwoody, Roswell or the North Atlanta, GA, area and need acute sinusitis treatment, contact our team at Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT. Call our center today to schedule your appointment with our ENT specialist to get relief from your sinusitis symptoms.