Sinusitis affects 37 million people each year, making it one of the most common health problems in the U.S. It is more prevalent than heart disease and asthma and has a greater impact on quality of life than chronic back pain or congestive heart failure. Symptoms may significantly affect people physically, functionally and emotionally. To understand more deeply, it is important to first learn about your sinuses and their role in your health.
At Atlanta Sinus Center, we pride ourselves on patient happiness and dedicate ourselves to the treatment and relief of sinus and nasal conditions. If you suffer from sinusitis, schedule an appointment today using the form on this page. Below is an overview of sinusitis and treatment options offered by our Atlanta sinus specialists.
- Sinusitis affects approximately 14% of the adult population in the U.S.
- Sinusitis affects 17% of women and 10% of American men each year
- Chronic sinusitis results in an estimated 18 to 22 million visits to the doctor each year
- Direct healthcare expenditures due to costs are well over $8 billion each year
- Total restricted activity days due to sinusitis total more than 73 million days annually
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis is a condition in which the lining of your sinuses becomes inflamed. Normally, the sinuses drain through small openings into the nasal passages. However, when there is something blocking this normal drainage flow, a buildup of mucus in the sinuses can occur. The blockage and inflammation of the sinus membranes can be infectious or noninfectious.