What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis occurs when the tissues lining the sinuses and their drainage pathways become inflamed or swollen, leading to blocked sinuses. It arises from a variety of issues and can pose significant challenges in terms of treatment. 31 million adults across the US suffer from sinusitis, and symptoms can persist even after medication is implemented. This condition has a detrimental impact on the lives of both adults and children. At Columbia Breathe Free, we are dedicated to supporting you on your journey to reclaiming your health.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is the inflammation or swelling of the sinus lining, which can lead to poor or blocked sinus drainage
Normally, sinuses are filled with air
Sinus pathway becomes swollen
Blocked sinuses fill with fluid
Pathogens can grow and cause infection

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is the inflammation or swelling of the sinus lining, which can lead to poor or blocked sinus drainage

WHAT are the Causes of Sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis is the result of a multitude of factors including but not limited to:

  • Bacteria
  • Infections
  • Allergies
  • Inflammation of the nasal lining

WHAT are the Symptoms of Sinusitis?

Sinusitis can present with an array of symptoms, so it’s important to seek an ENT doctor’s opinion for an accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment plan. Symptoms can include:

  • Facial pain with or without pressure around the eyes, nose, jaw, and teeth
  • Fatigue caused by poor sleep due to pain and congestion
  • Low grade fever
  • Frequent stuffy nose caused by swollen nasal passages
  • Blocked nasal passageways
  • Decreased sense of smell and taste
  • Headaches
  • Mucus trickling from the back of the nose into the throat (postnasal drip)
  • Green, yellow, or cloudy mucus draining from the nose (nasal discharge)

WHAT are the Sinusitis Variants?

There are three primary types of sinusitis: acute, chronic, and recurrent. While each type exhibits similar symptoms, they differ in duration and frequency of occurrence.

  • Acute Sinusitis: A short-lived infection that usually occurs after a cold and lasts 7-10 days.
  •   (Subacute Sinusitis occurs when your sinusitis lingers for 6 or more weeks, and then symptoms finally improve.)
  • Chronic Sinusitis: This variation can last for 12 weeks or more. Symptom severity may ebb and flow, but symptoms will not resolve entirely.
  • Recurrent Sinusitis: This category includes experiencing four or more acute sinusitis infections in one calendar year. While you might find temporary relief between episodes, the infections will persist.

WHAT are the Treatment Options for Sinusitis?

Individuals suffering from sinusitis have a wide range of options when it comes to treatment which span from over-the-counter medications to surgical interventions. Consult with our trusted healthcare provider to determine the best course of action.

  • Medication: Considering your symptoms plus the severity and the duration of your infection(s), Dr. Wells may recommend medications to reduce your symptoms. These include prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and home remedies.
  • Balloon Sinuplasty: Balloon sinuplasty (or balloon sinus dilation) is an office-based procedure that corrects your drainage issues by addressing your nasal anatomy. The balloon gently enlarges your natural sinus openings during this minimally invasive intervention.
  • Sinus Surgery: Functional endoscopic surgery (FESS) can be a suitable option for select sinusitis sufferers. This surgical intervention will improve your sinus drainage and general function by correcting your nasal anatomy; it encourages the natural flow of mucus via the expansion of your sinus openings. Balloon sinuplasty can also be used in conjunction with a FESS.

Let Columbia Breathe Free Sinus & Allergy Centers Help

Dr. Wells and his team at Columbia Breathe Free specialize in diagnosing sinusitis and creating a personalized treatment plan for each individual. Our team will carefully listen, evaluate, and tailor custom solutions for your specific sinus conditions. Don't endure any longer – schedule an appointment today and take back control of your life!