Do you develop recurrent sinus infections symptomatic with facial pain, discolored nasal discharge and nasal obstruction? Do you have chronic facial pain and post nasal discharge? These are symptoms of recurrent acute and chronic sinusitis.
Sinusitis is inflammation of the paranasal sinuses which may be due to allergy, infection or autoimmune issues. It can by classified chronologically into several categories:
- Acute – a new infection that may last up to four weeks
- Recurrent acute – four or more separate episodes of acute sinusitis that occur within a year
- Subacute – an infection that lasts between 4 and 12 weeks, and represents a transition between acute and chronic infection
- Chronic – when the signs and symptoms last more than 12 weeks
There are many causes of sinusitis that may include obstruction to the drainage of the sinuses, allergy or fungal inflammation. Evaluation may include a CT scan of the sinuses and/or allergist evaluation. Treatment may include endoscopic sinus surgery and/or allergy evaluation and treatment.