If you are one of the 37 million Americans who deal with sinus infections each year, then you know what a pain they can be.
At best, sinus infections, also known as ‘sinusitis,’ are a passing annoyance. But sometimes, they just won’t seem to go away.
If your sinus infection lasts more than 12 weeks, then chronic sinusitis might be to blame. This condition can feel a lot like regular (‘acute’) sinusitis, except it lingers and may get worse over time.
Some of the symptoms commonly associated with sinusitis include:
- Facial pressure
- Facial pain
- Nasal discharge or stuffiness
- Dizziness when bending down
- Bad breath
Tell a doctor if you have lingering sinus problems. With chronic sinusitis, there might be an underlying health problem to be addressed first. Perhaps you have allergies, asthma or a structural abnormality in the nose.
How To Treat Sinusitis
Treatments vary based on the length of the infection and any underlying root causes, but common remedies include:
- Pain relievers
- Nasal steroids
- Expectorants (to reduce mucus buildup)
- Sinus surgery (generally, a last resort)
Don’t Ignore Sinusitis
Don’t assume sinusitis is just something you’ll have to ‘deal with.’ In rare cases, untreated sinus infections can develop into more serious conditions, like meningitis or a brain abscess.
Feel free to call us for personalized help. We’ll discuss your current symptoms, medical history and any treatments you’ve tried, and we’ll help you come up with a treatment plan that suits your needs.
There’s no reason to suffer in silence.