If you’ve been living with cold symptoms that just won’t go away, you might have a condition called sinusitis. If you’ve been congested and had other symptoms, contact Dr. Jerome Dixon, Dr. Kevan Graves, Dr. Troy Nelson, and their team at CrossRoads Family Medicine in Campbellsville, Kentucky for expert diagnosis and treatment. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
Sinusitis is a condition where your sinuses grow infected and inflamed, usually following a cold or upper respiratory infection. Your sinuses are the hollow cavities behind your nose and eyes that allow air to travel from your nose to your lungs. Your sinuses produce mucus as a natural lubricant, and it normally drains through your nose without disrupting your life.
Sinusitis is separated into two categories depending on the length of time you experience symptoms. Acute sinusitis causes symptoms for up to four weeks and is usually viral. Chronic sinusitis can last longer than 12 weeks and is often due to inflammation.
Sinusitis causes a variety of disruptive symptoms like:
It’s common to develop sinusitis during or after an upper respiratory infection like a cold. The infection can inflame and thicken your mucus membranes, blocking drainage and contributing to congestion. Asthma and allergies like hay fever can have a similar effect.
Sinusitis can also develop from physical abnormalities like a deviated septum or nasal polyps. Medical conditions such as cystic fibrosis, gastroesophageal reflux, and immune-system disorders can also cause sinusitis.
The team at CrossRoads Family Medicine offers a variety of treatments for sinusitis. Your doctor begins by confirming your diagnosis. In addition to an exam where involving talking to you about your symptoms and looking into your nose, throat, and ears, your doctor may also take a nasal culture or order an imaging test like an MRI or a nasal endoscopy to see the insides of your sinuses.
Once your diagnosis is confirmed, your doctor begins treatment. This may include using corticosteroid medication that you take either orally or in a nasal spray. You might also benefit from saline nasal irrigation to rinse away irritants and allergens.
In some cases, you may need a surgical procedure called sinuplasty to open your sinuses. There are different types of sinuplasty, including a traditional procedure where excess tissue is removed, or balloon sinuplasty, where a small balloon is inflated in your sinuses to create a wider opening.
If you’re concerned about sinusitis, call or make an appointment online today.