Do you need surgery for sinus disease? Probably not.
Each year about 37 million people suffer from sinus-related problems. What is more, we spend $5.8 billion each year to treat sinus problems. Sinus disease is an enormous public health issue.
There are several kinds of sinus disease. The most common form is acute sinusitis. With acute sinusitis, symptoms can be present for 4 weeks or less. Symptoms may include:
- Facial pain (especially one sided)
- Nasal congestion and drainage
- Tooth pain
Bacterial sinusitis is suspected when symptoms last more than 10 days or if symptoms worsen after an initial improvement. Some individuals have episodes of acute sinusitis that happens regularly.
Chronic sinusitis is defined as having sinus symptoms lasting 12 weeks or longer. Symptoms may include:
- Nasal congestion and discharge
- Facial fullness
- Sore throat
- Stuffy ears
- Lack of smell
- An unpleasant taste in the mouth and bad breath
- Being easily tired
Chronic sinusitis can also be complicated by the presence of nasal polyps. The polyps are often related to allergy and inflammation and can fill the nose and block the sinuses. They may occasionally be associated with asthma and aspirin sensitivity.
Your allergy doctor will conduct a comprehensive evaluation and tailor medical treatment for you. For more information or to contact us directly and set up an appointment to discuss treatment call 281.713.9011