We treat people with chronic sinusitis and rhinitis. People with persistent inflammation or swelling of the sinus tissues could have a condition called chronic sinusitis. The treatment of the chronic sinusitis depends on the issues causing it; an ENT can run diagnostic tests and evaluations to determine the cause and establish the proper treatment method.
With the chronic form of sinusitis, you have persistence in the symptoms and signs of the condition. Infections and smoking most frequently contribute to chronic sinusitis episodes in adults. Also, environmental factors commonly lead to sinusitis in children. These include allergies, infectious illnesses, pacifiers, drinking from bottles while lying down, and passive smoking. If you have been suffering from chronic sinusitis, your symptoms may linger for at least eight weeks. The common symptoms and signs include:
- Swelling of the mucous membranes of the nose
- Drainage that may be yellow or green
- Stuffy nose and nasal congestion
- Facial pain that is worse with bending
- Visual disturbances
- Loss of smell
- Bad breath
- Teeth pain or toothache
The treatment of chronic sinusitis depends on the underlying cause. Determining and then addressing any contributing factors and potential triggers is a critical strategy in your chronic sinusitis management. To decrease your nasal congestion, your doctor may suggest prescription nasal sprays or oral decongestant medications. If you suffer from episodes of severe chronic sinusitis, oral steroids may be necessary to reduce your nasal inflammation. Other treatment options include antibiotic therapy, antihistamines, and surgery.