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!


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