Could it be a sinus infection? Here’s how to tell.
We’ve all dealt with the annoying symptoms of a cold such as a runny nose or sore throat; however, a cold will often go away within a week. So, if you find that your symptoms linger for several weeks then you may be dealing with sinusitis. Luckily, our Southfield, MI, otolaryngologists can help you find ways to manage your symptoms.
What are the symptoms of sinusitis?
Acute and chronic cases of sinusitis are often caused by allergies or an infection but may also be the result of an underlying inflammatory condition. Symptoms include,
- Facial pain and tenderness
- Nasal congestion
- Stuffy nose
- Postnasal drip
- Yellow or green nasal discharge
- Sinus pressure and pain
- Sore throat
- Referred pain in the upper teeth
- Bad breath
When is sinusitis considered chronic?
Most people will deal with symptoms of sinusitis for several weeks (typically around three to four weeks), but if you are experiencing sinusitis symptoms for more than three months then our Southfield, MI, ENT doctor may diagnose you with chronic sinusitis.
How is sinusitis treated?
If you are dealing with a simple acute bout of sinusitis, then you may be able to manage your symptoms with at-home care and ample rest. You can purchase over-the-counter decongestants and nasal sprays to help alleviate nasal congestion and pressure and a stuffy nose. It’s important to stay hydrated and to rest as much as possible. A humidifier in the bedroom can also help prevent sinuses from drying out while you sleep.
Of course, if your symptoms are severe, aren’t responding to home care or if you are dealing with chronic sinusitis then you’ll need to turn to an ENT professional for more aggressive treatment. We can provide,
- Prescription-strength nasal sprays and decongestants
- Oral or nasal corticosteroids
- Nasal irrigation recommendations
- Balloon sinuplasty
- Endoscopic sinus surgery
If you are dealing with chronic or severe sinusitis, our Southfield, MI, ENT doctors can help. We provide ear, nose, and throat care to those living in and around Detroit, Novi, Livonia, and St. Clair Shores, MI. To schedule an evaluation with us, please call (248) 569-5985.