What is acute sinusitis?
Sinusitis is a condition that affects the sinus cavities and nasal passages. Often associated with the presence of a cold or virus, sinusitis is an infection that results when the sinuses do not drain properly. When symptoms and inflammation are present for less than four weeks, the problem is termed acute sinusitis.
Symptoms of acute sinusitis include:
- Congestion and blocked nasal passages
- Difficulty breathing
- Pressure in the forehead
Tips to prevent acute sinusitis
You can reduce your risks of developing acute sinusitis by caring for your respiratory health.
- Try to avoid contact with individuals with colds or respiratory infections.
- Minimize exposure to environmental irritants such as pollutants and cigarette smoke.
- If you have allergies, try to manage them by curbing your contact with pollen, dust, and other allergens.
- Use a humidifier to help control the quality of indoor air.
In some instances, a case of sinusitis may be related to an anatomical abnormality, specifically a deviated septum. If you suspect that you may have a deviated septum, consider seeing a nose surgeon for an assessment.
When does acute sinusitis become chronic sinusitis?
There are different types of sinusitis, which are categorized according to how long the symptoms last. A case of acute sinusitis becomes chronic sinusitis when discomfort and symptoms persist for more than three months. For a prolonged problem, a specialist should be consulted for a full evaluation.
The best treatments for acute sinusitis?
Since acute sinusitis frequently occurs in relation to a cold or virus, symptoms often resolve themselves when the viral infection passes.
However, if you are experiencing acute sinusitis it is best to treat it immediately. When acute sinusitis is addressed promptly, the chances of complications or the development of a chronic problem are reduced. A range of treatments for acute sinusitis is available.
- Nasal irrigation with a saline solution can clear nasal passages
- Nasal spray with corticosteroids can help control inflammation
- Over-the-counter decongestants can break down excess mucus and congestion (such as Sudafed or Actifed)
If the acute sinusitis is caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. Note that acute sinusitis due to a fungal or viral infection will not be responsive to antibiotics.
Your acute sinusitis consultation with Dr. Alexis Furze
Dr. Alexis Furze, a California board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in treating the ears, nose, and throat, offers his sinusitis patients different therapies to alleviate symptoms. During your consultation, he will examine your sinuses to determine the scope of the problem and the best way to proceed with treatment.
If you have sinus problems and would like to breathe in greater comfort, contact Dr. Furze’s office today to schedule a consultation.