If you feel like you’ve had a cold for weeks and your stuffy nose and sinus pain aren’t getting any better or are worsening, you may have sinusitis, an infection of the sinuses. The ENT specialists at Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center provide expert diagnosis and treatment for sinus infections at their offices in St. Clair Shores, Macomb Township, Rochester, Grosse Pointe, and Sterling Heights, Michigan. If you’re ready to breathe easier, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Your sinuses are the cavities around your nose and eyes that allow air to flow from your nose to your throat and lungs when you breathe. Your sinuses are also where your body produces mucus to lubricate your nose and throat.
Sinusitis, also called rhinosinusitis, is a condition that causes inflammation in the sinuses. The condition can be acute or chronic, depending on how long the swelling and symptoms last. Sinusitis is characterized by nasal congestion, facial pressure, sneezing, and post-nasal drip.
Sinusitis has several possible causes. If you have a bacterial or viral infection, it can lead to long-term inflammation in your sinuses, which prevents mucus from flowing properly, triggering severe cold symptoms.
Chronic sinusitis that only causes congestion without other cold symptoms is generally caused by a structural abnormality, such as:
You may be diagnosed with acute sinusitis if you have cold symptoms that persist for up to four weeks.
In diagnosing sinusitis, your Lakeshore ENT specialist also identifies the type of sinusitis you have and the infection or condition causing your illness. They discuss your symptoms and will want to know how long you’ve had them and if they’ve changed or become worse. They may also take a nasal swab to check for bacterial or fungal infections.
Your doctor uses an otoscope to look inside your nose for signs of inflammation and infection. They may also use an endoscope to look at your sinus cavities, if necessary. With a nasal endoscopy, after numbing your nose, they insert a small, flexible tube with a lens on the tip, which transmits images to a screen in the treatment room.
In some cases, a CT scan may be needed for a thorough examination of your sinuses.
Your doctor at Lakeshore ENT suggests treatments for addressing your symptoms and the underlying condition causing your sinus infection. Your treatment may include medications like steroids to reduce inflammation, antibiotics if a bacterial infection is present, or surgery to correct or remove physical blockages in your sinuses.
If you’re concerned about cold symptoms that just won’t go away or have other symptoms of sinusitis, call or make an appointment online today at Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center.
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