What is Chronic Sinusitis?
Chronic sinusitis is a condition that causes the sinuses in the nasal passage to remain inflamed for an extended period of time (usually longer than three months). Chronic sinusitis can also occur if you have moderately frequent sinus infections. It is important for you to seek treatment if you suspect that you have chronic sinusitis symptoms. If chronic sinusitis remains untreated, irreparable damage could be inflicted on the. sinus cavities which could lead to decreased movement of the eyeball(s), double vision, cellulitis and meningitis.
Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis
There are several symptoms of chronic sinusitis that indicate a need for treatment. These symptoms could include any combination of the following:
• Headaches with sinus pressure
• Feelings of pressure or tightness in the face, including the nose, eyes, ears and cheeks
• Obstruction of the nasal passages
• Congestion or drainage in the throat and nose
• Consistent and unrelieved coughing, especially during the night
• Feelings of pain in the throat or teeth
• An increase in asthma symptoms that were previously treated
• Dizziness or fever
• Halitosis, or chronic bad breath
Many patients find it difficult to self-diagnose chronic sinusitis due to the fact that many of these symptoms are indications of other sicknesses like the common cold, acute sinusitis, bacterial or viral infections, and more. If you find yourself experiencing any combination of the above symptoms, it’s important for you to contact the Sinus Institute of Atlanta to explore treatment options.
Chronic Sinusitis vs. Acute Sinusitis
Chronic sinusitis and acute sinusitis share many of the same symptoms but have several distinct differences. Patients who have acute sinusitis are afflicted by a bacterial infection of the sinus cavities. Allergies or colds are often the cause of acute sinusitis, and patients are encouraged to visit their physician for a diagnosis and antibiotic treatment. If you feel any combination of the above symptoms for more than ten days or your symptoms worsen after they initially improve, you most likely have acute sinusitis.
Chronic sinusitis is diagnosed in patients who have many of the same symptoms as acute sinusitis, but experience them for more than three months. As opposed to a bacterial infection, chronic sinusitis is considered an inflammatory disorder due to the severity and duration of the symptoms, which will not completely resolve. Seek Treatment
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