Symptoms may include: thick yellow or greenish discharge out of the nose or down the back of the throat, nasal obstruction or congestion, facial pressure and pain, fatigue, upper dental pain, reduced sense of smell and taste, and possible fever.
What usually Causes Sinusitis?
Blockage of the narrow sinus drainage passages from inflammation caused by infection (viral or bacterial) or allergies. Structural abnormalities, including a deviated nasal septum, or nasal polyps may also contribute to sinusitis.
How is this usually treated?
Treatment is dependent on each patient's history and examination. Nasal saline, Neti-pot, antihistamines, decongestants (oral and spray--CAUTION--never exceed recommended length of use!!), expectorants (such as Mucinex), nasal steroid sprays, oral steroids, and antibiotics may need to be considered in treating sinusitis. Appropriate rest, nutrition and hydration are also recommended. Medical and conservative treatment failures may need to be considered for surgical intervention.
How can I get evaluated?
If recurrent or chronic sinusitis, or nasal obstructive symptoms persist after treatment with your primary care provider, then call TIER ENT ASSOCIATES (607) 770-9050 to arrange an evaluation by Jeffrey King, MD or by his Physician Assistant, Sujana Kantharaj, RPA-C.