What is Sinusitis?

By Tan Head and Neck Center
July 15, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: Sinusitis  

Not sure if your symptoms could be due to sinusitis? Find out now!

At some point in most people’s lives, they will deal with the annoying symptoms of sinusitis. While most of the time it isn’t a big deal and Sinusitiscan easily be treated, there are some for whom sinusitis is a chronic condition. Find out if what you are dealing with is sinusitis and how our Long Beach ENT doctors Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan can help.

What is sinusitis?

Simply put, this condition is an inflammation of the sinuses. Sinusitis is usually caused by a bacterial infection; however, fungal infections can also be to blame. An acute bout of sinusitis can last anywhere from three to eight weeks, while those with chronic sinusitis experience symptoms for more than eight weeks.

What are the symptoms?

It’s easy for people with sinusitis to think they just have a cold since many of the symptoms are the same. Symptoms include:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Postnasal drip
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Nasal discharge
  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Bad breath (halitosis)

How is sinusitis diagnosed?

In order to properly diagnose this condition, you will need to see your Long Beach ear, nose & throat doctors. Through a thorough examination of the nose and sinuses, we can check for inflammation, discharge and other symptoms that could be a warning sign of sinusitis. It’s also important for us to determine the cause of your sinusitis (fungal or bacterial),lo so we know the most effective way to treat it.

What are my treatment options?

There are several ways we may treat your condition including,

  • Antibiotics (the most common treatment for bacterial sinusitis)
  • Nasal sprays
  • Corticosteroid sprays
  • Decongestants
  • Antihistamines

Don’t just suffer through coughing and other unpleasant nasal symptoms. Breathe a bit easier when you come into our Long Beach ear, nose & throat clinic for care. Don’t let sinusitis get the better of you. Schedule your next appointment with Tan Head & Neck Clinic today.

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