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This inflammation of the sinuses is often caused by a bacterial infection. Sinusitis can occur after a respiratory infection like a common cold.
People with allergies or asthma are more likely to suffer from chronic sinusitis because their airways are likely to become inflamed.
The symptoms of sinusitis include:
It can be difficult to know if symptoms are a sign of sinusitis or are caused by allergies. That’s why it’s important to see an allergist for a proper diagnosis.
The symptoms of sinusitis often go away in about a week. However, some people develop a bacterial infection and need antibiotics.
Chronic sinusitis occurs when symptoms last for more than 8 weeks, despite treatment. To diagnose chronic sinusitis, your allergist will look at medical history and assess your symptoms. A CT scan or allergy testing may be needed to determine what is triggering the inflammation.
Once the triggers are identified, your allergist will develop a treatment plan. Most treatment plans include:
Since allergies can lead to chronic sinusitis, immunotherapy is often the most effective long-term treatment. It will gradually decrease sensitivity to allergens and sinusitis will become less of a problem.
Left untreated, chronic sinusitis can cause frequent sinus, ear, and upper and lower respiratory infections.
The Walk-In Clinic is open to all established KCAA patients, check our hours and locations.
MON - THURS.
8:00 am - 11:00 am & 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 am & 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
TUE & THURS
8:00 am - 11:00 am
We continue to closely monitor the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and are following the recommendations of The Center for Disease Control and state health departments.
Our doors remain OPEN and we ARE GIVING ALLERGY INJECTIONS ON A WALK-IN BASIS AS LONG AS YOU ARE FEVER FREE. For everyone’s protection, the KCAA walk-in clinic is closed for general patients. Patients not getting allergy injections will be seen by appointment only.
We want to remind you that it is important that you keep your underlying medical conditions under control. Poorly controlled allergies increase the risk of contracting any respiratory virus, as these are contracted when people rub their nose or eyes and spread to others by sneezing. Poorly controlled asthma is a major risk factor for poor outcome. Spirometry combined with medical history and exams are the best way to ensure your asthma is optimally managed and to make sure that you have a plan of action for when you get any viral illness.
Please be reassured that the health and well-being of our patients and staff continue to be KCAA’s top priority. We have taken many steps to keep our office as safe as possible. These include:
• Screening patients for fever. Anyone with a temperature 100.4 or greater within the past 48 hrs. is not permitted in our office. This is for the safety of other patients.
• Limiting visitors. Please make every attempt to only bring the patient unless no other option exists.
• Removing all magazines and reading material from our waiting rooms and exam rooms.
• Having allergy shot patients wait in their cars so our waiting room volume is kept minimal.
• Sanitizing our waiting room every 30 minutes.
• Having our staff wear personal protective equipment for the safety of patients and staff.
We want to encourage you to continue to come in for your allergy injections, especially with spring pollen in the air. Our providers are looking at our schedules in advance and cancelling appointments where the risk to the patient exceeds the benefit. If you are uncertain, please speak with one of our nurses.
We at KCAA remain committed to the health, safety and well-being of our patients!