37 million Americans suffer from at least one episode of acute sinusitis. Learn about the signs, symptoms, and treatments of sinusitis from Dr. Karen Konz!



  • What is sinusitis?


Sinusitis means the lining of your sinuses are inflamed. Sometimes a cold can become acute sinusitis, a bacterial infection. Usually, there are the uncomfortable symptoms of facial pressure and nasal obstruction.




  • Can anyone get sinusitis?


Unfortunately, anyone can get sinusitis! If you notice you have the symptoms, visit the doctor!



  • What are the major symptoms of sinusitis?


Symptoms include:

  • fever
  • weakness
  • fatigue
  • cough
  • congestion
  • facial pain
  • nasal obstruction/blockage
  • nasal discharge
  • bad breath
  • postnasal drip



  • When is a good time to visit the doctor?


When you experience the above symptoms and your cold is affecting your quality of life. Typically, when a cold seems to become more than a cold and you experience the facial pain and major congestion, it’s time to visit the doctor.



  • How is sinusitis diagnosed?


Your doctor will diagnose your sinusitis based on your symptoms and examining your nose and face. If you have chronic sinusitis your doctor may order a CT scan (computerized tomography). A CT will show your doctor if you have chronic sinusitis.



  • What are the treatment options for sinusitis?


Treatment options include antibiotics, decongestants, and pain relievers.  If you’re experiencing chronic sinusitis your doctor will consider medication or surgery for treatment options.



  • What will happen if my sinusitis goes untreated?


Not visiting your doctor for proper treatment will result in unnecessary pain and discomfort!


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Source: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sinusitis.html