Sinus Symptoms and When to See a Doctor

Sinusitis, also known as rhinosinusitis, is a condition that causes chronic sinus infections in the affected patient. This infection is due to swelling, infection, and inflammation of the nasal cavities, which can leave individuals feeling an incredible amount of pressure around their head.

Typical causes of sinusitis include:

  • Bacterial or viral infection of the body
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Allergies
  • Tooth infections

Common Symptoms of Sinusitis

man experiencing sinus pain

Sinusitis can sometimes accompany another condition, like a cold. This can make sinusitis a bit difficult to distinguish from other cold and flu symptoms, which is why it is important to be aware of the specific signs of sinusitis. Patients with sinusitis often report the following symptoms:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Nasal discharge that appears cloudy or colored (green or yellow)
  • Pain within the sinuses
  • Sinus headaches
  • A cough and sore throat, which may lead to a loss of voice

Depending on the duration of your symptoms, you may have acute or chronic sinusitis. Acute sinusitis is relatively quick, lasting less than 4 weeks.

If your symptoms persist for more that 12 weeks, or if they are recurring, then it is likely that you have chronic sinusitis. Many patients with chronic sinusitis confuse it with allergies, or other long lasting sinus conditions, but sinusitis is very treatable once properly diagnosed.

Treatment Options

Usually sinusitis will resolve itself over time as the body recovers with adequate rest, but if your symptoms are not improving, or if they begin to worsen, it is advised to seek professional medical care.

Dr. Ryan Stern will usually begin treating sinusitis with non-invasive methods like medications to reduce inflammation or decongest the sinuses. Many patients also experience relief after using a nasal irrigation system.

Schedule an Appointment for Sinusitis Treatment in Federal Way, WA

If other treatment methods prove to be ineffective, it may be time to consider surgery with Dr. Ryan Stern to relieve your sinusitis symptoms. These types of surgeries usually involve clearing the pathway of the nasal cavities, which relieves congestion by allowing air to flow freely between them. For further questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stern, please call (206) 910-4641 or request an appointment online today.

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