Sinusitis

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Sinusitis

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.

 

Quick Facts

  • 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.

 

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms caused by sinusitis can be quite uncomfortable and may include:

  • Facial pain, pressure, congestion or fullness
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
  • Pain in the teeth
  • Loss of the sense of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath
diagram showing sinusitis and blocked sinus opening

What are the different types of sinusitis?

There are two main categories of sinusitis: acute and chronic.

Sinusitis is usually preceded by a common cold, allergies or irritation from environmental pollutants. Often, the resulting symptoms, such as pressure, congestion, a sore throat or fever, run their course within a few days. However, if symptoms persist, a bacterial infection or acute sinusitis may develop.

Most cases of sinusitis are acute, meaning that they have a sudden onset. However, if the condition occurs frequently or lasts three months or more, you may have chronic sinusitis.

 

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