Sinusitis refers to inflammation of the sinuses and is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in the US. Sinuses are hollow, air filled cavities in the skull located in the nose, the cheeks of the face, the forehead, and behind the eyes. When the sinuses become inflamed and/or obstructed symptoms of sinusitis can occur including:
- Runny Nose
- Postnasal Drip
- Nasal Congestion
- Reduced Sense of Smell
- Facial Tenderness
- Productive Cough
Causes of and conditions that predispose to sinusitis include:
- Deviated Septum
- Nasal Polyps
- Ciliary Defects
- Immune System Disorders
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Aspirin Sensitivity
Allergists are experts in sinusitis and diagnose this condition by history, rhinoscopy, and imaging of the sinuses. Allergists can also complete skin testing to assess for any allergenic triggers in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis.
The goals of sinus treatment are to prevent and relieve sinus symptoms.
Treatment options are varied and depend on the underlying cause(s).
By visiting an allergist, you too can take control of your sinusitis and improve your quality of life.