Sinusitis, also called rhinosinusitis, is an inflammation of the sinus lining that prevents normal mucus drainage through the nose. This blockage causes mucus to build up in the sinuses which can lead to very uncomfortable symptoms.
If you have grown frustrated with frequent rounds of antibiotics, over-the-counter decongestants, antihistamines or nasal sprays, you may be dealing with recurrent or chronic sinusitis, instead of allergies or colds.
Antibiotics are the standard treatment option for bacterial sinusitis. Antibiotics are usually taken from 3 to 28 days, depending on the type of antibiotic.
Nasal Decongestant Sprays
Nasal decongestants can be helpful if used for no more than three to four days. These medications shrink swollen nasal passages, facilitating the flow of drainage from the sinuses.
Antihistamines block inflammation caused by an allergic reaction so they can improve sinusitis symptoms worsened by allergen exposure.
Topical Nasal Corticosteroids
Prescription nasal sprays help reduce inflammation and swelling in the nasal passages and sinus openings.
Nasal Saline Washes
Nasal rinses can help clear thickened secretions from the nasal passages.
If antibiotics and other medicines are not effective at treating sinusitis, endoscopic sinus surgery may be necessary.
Acute sinusitis: Characterized by a sudden onset of cold-like symptoms such as a runny, stuffy nose and facial pain; acute sinusitis typically lasts 4 weeks or less
Recurrent sinusitis: Characterized by several cases of sinusitis occurring within a year
To learn what type of sinusitis is causing your particular symptoms, it is important to schedule an appointment with a DFW Sinus Select ear, nose and throat specialist to properly diagnose your sinus issues and receive information about your sinusitis treatment options. We specialize in tailoring treatments designed for the best possible long-term results with minimal side effects.
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