What Is Sinusitis And Treatment Options
Nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, or facial pain or pressure could be signs of sinusitis. If you've been suffering from these and other unpleasant symptoms, your otolaryngologist in Olympia Fields and Munster, IN, Dr. Arthur Katz, offers several treatments that can ease your discomfort.
How sinusitis starts
Sinusitis occurs when your sinuses become inflamed and swollen. Allergies, bacterial or fungal infections, or viruses frequently cause the condition. In fact, you may be more likely to develop sinusitis after you've had a cold or another upper respiratory viral infection.
Common sinusitis symptoms
If you have sinusitis, you may experience or notice:
- Nasal congestion
- Post-nasal drip
- Thickened nasal discharge, which may be yellow or green
- Facial pain (Pain and pressure may occur in your forehead, around your eyes or in your cheeks.)
- Fullness or pressure in the ears
- Neck pain
Have you developed a toothache in addition to any of these common symptoms? The problem may actually be related to your inflamed sinuses. The roots of the upper teeth can become irritated when you have sinusitis, triggering pain that feels very much like a toothache.
Treatments for sinusitis
Sinusitis often goes away on its own in a week or two. While you wait to get better, try rinsing your sinuses with saline solution or taking decongestants. Warm compresses can relieve facial pain, as can over-the-counter pain relievers.
If sinusitis symptoms last more than a few weeks, or your symptoms are severe, it's a good idea to visit the Olympia Fields or Munster otolaryngology office. Prescription decongestants, antihistamines or corticosteroids may help decrease inflammation and nasal congestion. If sinusitis is caused by a bacterial infection, you'll receive a prescription for antibiotics.
When sinusitis is a common problem due to allergies, your otolaryngologist can prescribe allergy medication and make a few suggestions that will help you reduce your exposure to allergens.
Are you concerned that you may have sinusitis? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Arthur Katz, your Olympia Fields and Munster, IN, otolaryngologist. Schedule an appointment with the Munster office by calling (219) 934-9396 or with the Olympia Fields office by calling (708) 747-6900.