Sinusitis occurs when inflammation and infection are within your sinus passages. Most cases of sinusitis last several days and clear up when the patient overcomes the flu, cold or other condition that caused the sinus inflammation. It is considered chronic sinusitis when sinusitis persists and lasts for three months or longer. At Integrative Sleep & ENT, we diagnose and treat chronic sinusitis at our clinic in Alpharetta, GA.
Acute and chronic sinusitis have similar symptoms; the difference is how long the symptoms last. Patients with chronic sinusitis may have had acute sinusitis several times before it became chronic. The symptoms include:
- Nasal congestion and inflammation
- Post-nasal drip down the throat
- Runny nose
- Obstructed nasal breathing
- Sinus pain and pressure
- Headaches, earaches and sore throat
A variety of related conditions can cause chronic sinusitis. Nasal obstructions can increase the risk of sinusitis and ongoing inflammation, and other symptoms. Nasal polyps, allergies, deviated septum, viral infections and enlarged turbinates can all contribute to chronic sinusitis.
Relief From Chronic Sinusitis
Anyone with sinusitis for more than ten days should see a doctor. If it becomes chronic sinusitis, some treatments can offer relief. Medications can be used to control inflammation in the nasal and sinus passages, but other treatments may be needed if there are underlying conditions. Treatments for nasal polyps, allergies or a deviated septum may relieve sinusitis symptoms.
At Integrative Sleep & ENT, we offer a holistic approach to chronic sinusitis. Instead of focusing only on the symptoms, we consider other health factors that can contribute to long-term sinus inflammation.
If you have been experiencing sinusitis symptoms for over 12 weeks, you may have chronic sinusitis. Come see us at Integrative Sleep & ENT to explore your treatment options. We offer advanced treatments for acute and chronic sinusitis and underlying conditions. To schedule your sinus exam and consultation, contact our office in the greater Alpharetta, Roswell and Dunwoody, GA area.