Sinusitis

Sinusitis is the swelling, nflammation, and infection of the nasal passages and sinuses.  Allergic Rhinitis is one of the main causes of sinusitis. The Board Certified Allergists /Immunologists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists see many patients with sinusitis and take great care in making as accurate diagnosis in order to treat the sinuses effectively.  Patients suffering from the uncomfortable and relentless symptoms of sinusitis find great relief.

The symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Persistent nasal congestion lasting more than two weeks
  • Pressure around the eyes, forehead and cheekbones
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Postnasal drip
  • Thick, discolored nasal discharge

There are several types of sinusitis.  Acute sinusitis is sinusitis symptoms lasting less than 4 weeks while chronic sinusitis symptoms last 3 months or more. Recurrent sinusitis is defined by three or more episodes of acute sinusitis in less than a year. 

There are several causes of sinusitis. Allergic Rhinitis can cause the swelling of nasal passages and sinuses. This swelling prevents the normal drainage of the nasal passages and puts the patient at risk for infection. Narrow or blocked nasal passages causing poor drainage of the sinuses can also cause sinusitis. 

Examination

Your examination at A&AS for Sinusitis will include a detailed medical history, an extensive review of the conditions of your everyday living environment, a physical examination and a panel of skin tests for the appropriate number of 48 allergens.  Within 20 minutes, skin testing results will reveal which allergens may be triggering your sinusitis symptoms. A CT scan may also be ordered to evaluate the nasal passages.

Treatment for Sinusitis usually requires a combination of therapies and may include medications such as nasal sprays, decongestants, steroids, and/or antibiotics. If skin testing is positive, allergic triggers will need to be avoided and possibly treated with immunotherapy