Chronic Sinusitis

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates of Tampa Bay

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the lining of the sinuses and nose that causes postnasal drip or yellow-green discharge from the nose. It is chronic sinusitis when it lasts more than 12 consecutive weeks – a time to see one of our board-certified physicians for non-surgical treatment.

Look for these symptoms

Chronic sinusitis can cause considerable discomfort with cold-like symptoms that include:

  • Nasal congestion, facial pain, or pressure and headache
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose; snoring
  • Swelling around the eyes and cheeks
  • A thick yellow or greenish nasal discharge or postnasal drip
  • Reduced sense of smell or taste
  • Bad breath
  • Ear, jaw, or teeth pain
  • Cough
  • Nausea
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Disturbed sleep

Recovery begins with an accurate diagnosis

Chronic sinusitis can be somewhat difficult to diagnose because there are a number of causes and symptoms that resemble those of the common cold. People often suffer for months before they seek care. Our board-certified physicians have the training, experience, and knowledge to accurately diagnose and treat this disease. The following tests are helpful in making the diagnosis:

  • Rhinoscopy: A thin, flexible tube with a fiber optic light is inserted into your nose to visualize and inspect the upper airway, nasal and sinus passages
  • Allergy skin tests: If your condition is suspected to be related to allergies
  • Nasal and sinus cultures: If your condition fails to respond to treatment

Eliminating the underlying cause of the problem

After identifying the cause of your problem, the following nonsurgical therapies may be recommended:

  • Antibiotics to eliminate bacterial infection
  • Oral or intranasal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Decongestants or antihistamines
  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots) if the condition is associated with allergies
  • Treatment for immunodeficiency disease

Trusted experience, leadership, and commitment

Our team of physicians and healthcare professionals are highly experienced and trained to provide you with the best care. Our physicians are known nationally and internationally for leadership in their specialty and for conducting leading-edge basic and clinical research. They are committed to your personal healthcare.

Don’t let chronic sinusitis keep you from enjoying life. Call (813) 971-9743 today for an appointment or request one online. We have 4 Tampa-area locations to serve you.

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