Your sinuses are empty cavities inside your cheek bones, around your eyes and behind your nose. The job of the sinuses is to warm, moisten and filter the air in your nasal cavity.
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining. Acute sinusitis is caused by an infection, typically viral or bacteria. If bacterial, antibiotics are usually necessary for resolution. Recurring acute sinusitis suggests an underlying inflammatory disorder, such as allergies.
“The Pittsburgh Allergist” is experienced in treating Sinusitis and its underlying causes.
If sinusitis lasts for approximately 4 weeks, it is considered to be acute , 4-12 weeks it’s considered to be subacute, and chronic if symptoms last for more than 3 months. You may have recurrent sinusitis if you have repeated bouts of acute sinusitis.
Common symptoms of acute sinusitis include:
Tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead
Sinus pressure or congestion
Difficulty breathing through the nose
Loss of the sense of smell or taste (anosmia)
Sinus headache/Tooth pain/Fatigue
Yellow or green mucus from the nose
Sore throat from nasal discharge
Bad breath/Fever, chills, sweats
Many of the elements that contribute to the development of childhood sinusitis include: allergies, illnesses from other children, the use of pacifiers and adults smoking around the child.. Smoking is usually the culprit for sinusitis in adults. The way to treat sinusitis is dependent on how severe the infection and what caused it. The most common way to treat simple acute sinusitis is with Over The Counter decongestants along with a vaporizer. Nonprescription decongestant nasal drops or sprays have also given great results. Sinus services provided:
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)
Submucous Resection of Turbinates
If the infection is bacteria based, penicillin-type antibiotics like Augmentin are effective. They do not work if the infection is virus based.With treatment, the symptoms usually go away pretty quickly. If sinusitis persists for more than two weeks, you may need to avail yourself of the expert assistance of an ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) specialist. If you’re experiencing several or more symptoms of sinusitis, contact us at (412) 744 2837.
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