Could your runny nose and nasal congestion be symptoms of sinusitis? Dr. Kirby Scott in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD, at Central ENT Consultants shares symptoms of sinusitis and discusses treatment options.
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis occurs when your sinuses become inflamed or infected. The condition often occurs after you've had a cold or other virus. Unlike a cold, sinusitis doesn't get better in a week or two but can last as long as a month if you have acute sinusitis. The condition becomes chronic when you still experience symptoms for three months or longer.
In addition to viruses and bacterial infections, sinusitis can also be triggered by allergies, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), nasal polyps, a deviated septum, immune system disorders or asthma.
What are the symptoms of sinusitis?
Nasal congestion, a runny nose and postnasal drip are common complaints if you have sinusitis. Postnasal drip may make you feel nauseated in the morning and can also trigger bouts of coughing. When you blow your nose, the thick discharge may be yellow or green. The condition can cause pain and tenderness under your eyes, the bridge of your nose and on your forehead. If you bend over, you may notice an uncomfortable pressure in your cheeks, forehead and nose.
Pain isn't always limited to your nose and face. You may also experience it in your ears and teeth. It's not unusual to assume you have a toothache when sinusitis is really the cause of your pain. Not surprisingly, you probably won't feel well if you have a sinusitis. Headaches, fevers and fatigue are common.
How is sinusitis treated?
When you visit our Frederick or Hagerstown office, we can recommend a variety of treatments that will help you recover from sinusitis, including:
- Prescription decongestants to thin and reduce mucus
- Nasal corticosteroid sprays or oral corticosteroids that decrease congestion and inflammation
- Antibiotics to treat bacterial infections responsible for sinusitis
- Surgery to remove polyps and correct deviated septums
- Allergy medication to reduce allergy symptoms that can cause sinusitis
Tired of living with sinusitis pain? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Scott by calling (301) 739-0400 for the Hagerstown, MD, office or (301) 694-9111 for the Frederick, MD, office.