SINUSITIS

SINUSITIS

Sinusitis is an inflammation often caused by a bacterial infection. It can occur after a respiratory infection like a common cold. People with allergies or asthma are prone to suffer from chronic sinusitis due to the likelihood of their airways becoming inflamed.

Symptoms include:

    • Thick nasal discharge
    • Nasal congestion
    • Postnasal drip, often with a bad taste
    • Cough
    • Headache
    • Pain in teeth
    • Decreased sense of smell
    • Wheezing, if asthmatic

Symptoms disappear in about a week. Some people will develop a bacterial infection that requires antibiotics.

These symptoms might be a sign of sinusitis or caused by allergies. KCAA physicians are specifically trained to properly diagnose these conditions.

Chronic sinusitis occurs when symptoms persist over 8 weeks, despite treatment. We will examine a patient’s medical history and symptoms to diagnose chronic sinusitis. We might recommend a CT scan or allergy testing to determine what triggers the inflammation. Once we identify the triggers, we develop a treatment plan. Our plans typically involve:

    • Saline irrigation
    • Nasal steroid sprays
    • Antihistamines/decongestants
    • Antibiotics

Since allergies lead to chronic sinusitis, immunotherapy is often the most effective long-term treatment because it decreases sensitivity to allergens, thus reducing occurrence of sinusitis. Left untreated, chronic sinusitis can cause frequent sinus, ear, and upper and lower respiratory infections.

Kansas City Allergy & Asthma - Sinusitis
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