If you are noticing reoccurring congestion and aren’t sure what it could be, you may be experiencing a type of sinusitis. There are a few kinds of sinusitis that we will discuss in this blog as well as common sinusitis symptoms.
The Different Types of Sinusitis & Symptoms
This type of sinusitis starts with cold-like symptoms. For example, some experience runny or stuffy nose and sinus pain. This type can last 2-4 weeks. Some of the most common symptoms are Facial pain or pressure, Runny nose, Loss of smell, Cough or congestion.
Subacute Sinus Inflammation
This type typically lasts a little longer, lasting around 4-12 weeks. Some of the most common symptoms are: stuffy nose, Runny nose, Loss of smell, Cough or congestion
Chronic Inflammation or Recurrent Sinusitis
Sinusitis symptoms lasting 12 weeks or Sinusitis symptoms happens several times a year.
How is Sinusitis Treated?
If you have a simple sinus infection, One of our specialists may recommend you use a decongestant, over-the-counter (OTC) nasal steroid, and saline nasal spray. Be sure to follow the OTC decongestant instructions and do not use them for more than 3 days at a time. If you are given antibiotics, you’ll probably be instructed to take them for a period of 10 to 14 days. Balloon Sinus Dilation is also a treatment that may help with your sinusitis. An appointment
What Can I Do at Home?
There are some other things you can do yourself to help with common sinusitis symptoms:
- Warm compresses can reduce pain and help with drainage.
- Warm, moist air may help if you have chronic sinusitis accompanied by dryness. To remedy this, you can use a vaporizer or humidifier. If you don’t have one, a simple version of is to inhale steam from a pan of warm (not hot) water.
- A saline solution based nose drop formula to keep the nasal cavity clear.
If you suspect that you or your child is suffering from sinusitis, contact AOO today to schedule an appointment with one of our ENT physicians.