If you’ve noticed that your sinuses are continually inflamed, the reason may run deeper than allergies. Everyone has experienced sinusitis—which simply means inflamed sinuses—from time to time, but chronic sinusitis is a serious condition that affects more than 37 million people in the United States. It is defined as sinus inflammation that persists for more than 12 weeks. Keep reading for an introduction to chronic sinusitis and how it is treated.
What causes chronic sinusitis? Sinusitis can be the result of a wide range of problems, including viral infections such as colds, bacterial infections, or even fungal infections. Nasal abnormalities such as a deviated septum can make you more likely to develop a chronic sinus condition. Having a weakened immune system, acid reflux, or a tooth infection can also raise your risk of chronic sinusitis.
What are the symptoms of chronic sinusitis? Sinusitis is characterized by blockage in the nasal cavities, a persistent cough, poor sinus drainage, and often pain in the facial area. You may also experience chronic headaches, ear and jaw pain, persistent fatigue, and a notably reduced sense of smell or taste.
How is chronic sinusitis treated? Acute sinusitis will usually go away after a few days. If it persists, however, you need to contact a physician right away. Most of the time, the cause of a chronic sinus condition can be treated using medication. If this is not successful, sinus surgery may be necessary. Most types of sinus surgery—which include endoscopic sinus surgery, balloon sinuplasty, and image-guided surgery—are minimally invasive and can be completed in one to two hours.
If you are suffering from sinus issues, it’s time to contact the Sinus Center at Brandon Regional Hospital. We take pride in providing the best medical care available to patients in Hillsborough County, including up-to-date treatment of chronic sinus conditions. Call (888) 327-2636 to reach us today, and click on the link to visit us at our website.