When you’re not feeling your best, it’s only natural to ask questions. Bella Vista ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery is here to answer those questions and provide you with solutions to your problems.
Are you suffering from sinusitis? Read below to discover if what your experiencing is indeed sinusitis, and if so, what kind.
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis is simply inflammation in your sinuses. While it seems like a minor issue, inflammation restricts how your sinuses function.
Sinuses allow air to circulate within your face. This enables drainage, which flushes out bacteria. When sinusitis inflames your tissues, bacteria collects and causes a painful infection. This infection leads to the symptoms you may be experiencing right now.
Due to the function and location of your sinuses, symptoms appear in your face. You may experience nasal congestion, fatigue, bad breath, reduced sense of smell, facial pain, facial pressure, coughing, and other similar symptoms.
Sinusitis can be difficult to self-diagnose because symptoms may mirror other issues and health conditions, including a problem with the “plumbing” in your nose that requires a medical procedure to correct. There are also several types of sinusitis that you may be suffering from based on the cause, frequency, and length of your sinus infections.
What are the types of sinusitis?
Learning about the types of sinusitis will give you clarity as to what you’re dealing with and how to find the right long-term solution. The primary types of sinusitis include:
- Acute sinusitis: Acute sinusitis is a short-term sinus infection. These infections and their symptoms usually last from 7 days to 3 weeks. Although painful and disruptive to your life, acute sinusitis often resolves on its own. There may, however, be an underlying issue that will cause sinusitis to return.
- Chronic sinusitis: When your sinuses are inflamed and not able to heal, your sinus infection can become chronic. Chronic sinusitis is a sinus infection that lasts 3-8 weeks. If not treated, your chronic sinusitis could continue for months.
- Recurrent sinusitis: Acute sinusitis transforms into a more serious condition when it continues to return. Recurrent sinusitis occurs when you have three or more acute sinus infections in a calendar year. If you are constantly dealing with a sinus infection, you need to address the root cause before you can expect permanent relief.
- Fungal sinusitis: Chronic sinusitis can be a result of fungal infections, known as fungal sinusitis. Fungal sinusitis is a generic term that defines sinusitis caused by different forms of fungus that irritate your sinuses. This can also be referred to as allergic sinusitis due to the fact that an allergic reaction to fungi is the cause of the inflammation.
Acute sinusitis versus chronic sinusitis - what’s the difference?
Acute sinusitis is a single sinus infection. Acute sinusitis lasts from around 7-10 days to three weeks. When sinusitis does not clear within that time frame, acute sinusitis becomes chronic sinusitis.
Chronic sinusitis can drain your energy, disrupt your sleep, keep you away from work, and cause you to look and feel miserable. While many chronic and recurrent sinusitis sufferers choose to undergo endoscopic sinus surgery to correct their issue, Bella Vista ENT provides a minimally invasive long-term solution -- balloon sinuplasty.
If you believe you have sinusitis, schedule an appointment with Bella Vista ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery today. We will diagnose your condition and guide you towards permanent relief. Click here to choose your appointment time.