Chronic sinusitis is a condition that causes the sinuses to become inflamed. Sinuses are hollow cavities in the skull next to the nose. Healthy sinuses drain normally into the nose through small passages called ostia. When these passages are blocked, fluid backs up into the sinus causing symptoms. Usually, the blockage is temporary and resolves within a week or so such as in the common cold or an acute allergy attack. However, sometimes, the passages remain blocked for extended periods of time resulting in chronic sinusitis.
Chronic Sinusitis Symptoms
Patients who have chronic sinusitis may suffer one or more of the following symptoms:
- Chronic sinus headaches/facial pressure in the forehead, eyes or cheeks
- Nasal congestion and/or difficulty breathing through the nose
- Runny nose or dripping from the back of the nose into the throat
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Chronic Fatigue
- Bad taste or bad breath from post-nasal discharge
- Pain in the teeth or gums
- Ear pressure or fullness
- Three or more episodes or symptoms that last for more than 90 days
If you suffer from any of the symptoms listed above, you could be a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty™, a non-surgical procedure to treat chronic sinusitis.