Chicago Chronic Sinusitis

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What is Chronic Sinusitis?

Chronic Sinusitis
also known as chronic rhinosinusitis, is among one of the most common chronic illnesses in the United States.

More frequently, chronic sinusitis is seen in young and middle-age adults, although children can be affected by the illness.

Sinusitis occurs when the cavities around the nasal passages (the sinuses) and the tissue lining the sinuses become blocked and filled with liquid, causing inflammation and swelling. Sinusitis becomes a chronic condition when a person experiences symptoms for at least eight weeks.

Care from your physician at Clarity Allergy Center is the most important treatment you can get for your chronic sinusitis. If left untreated, chronic sinusitis will not heal itself. Taking care of this condition is very important as it can be associated with the exacerbation of asthma and poor sleep.

Chronic Sinusitis is among one of the most common chronic illnesses in the United States

Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis

Those suffering from chronic sinusitis will experience the following:

  • chronic nasal obstruction or blockage
  • excessive nasal discharge or discolored post-nasal drip
  • discomfort due to facial congestion or fullness
  • significant pus in the nasal cavity

Additionally, sufferers of chronic sinusitis may experience:

  • bad breath with regular dental hygiene
  • uncharacteristic fatigue
  • cough

If you have experienced these symptoms for longer than eight weeks, you may suffer from chronic sinusitis.

Chicago Treatment of Chronic Sinusitis / relief of symptoms

After a visit to Clarity Allergy Center, Dr. Rotskoff may prescribe antibiotics if your sinusitis is caused by a bacterial infection, an antihistamine or nasal steroid spray for allergy induced sinusitis, or immunoglobulin (antibodies) if you have an immune deficiencies. Oral steroids are prescribed to reduce inflammation with more severe sinus disease.

Nasal irrigation with distilled water can help clear the nasal and sinus passage. A nasal saline spray can help keep the nasal passage moist during the dry winter months. Cigarette smoke is a frequent trigger for sinusitis and secondhand smoke should also be avoided. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids to thin nasal secretions.

Dr. Rotskoff at the Clarity Allergy Center in Chicago specializes in the care of chronic sinusitis and is committed to providing the best care for his patients. Call today to make an appointment with Dr. Rotskoff.