Is It Allergies, a Cold or Sinusitis?

If you are like many patients, you may have thought you are experiencing symptoms related to allergies or a cold, when you actually have sinusitis.

Acute Sinusitis is often misdiagnosed as Chronic Sinusitis.  Acute Sinusitis: is commonly caused by a bacterial infection in the sinuses associated with an upper respiratory tract infection, can last 2-3 weeks and often resolves with medical management (antibiotic or nasal sprays).

Chronic Sinusitis (also called rhinosinusitis): refers to long-term (12 weeks or greater) swelling and inflammation of the sinuses (mucosal tissue).  Chronic sinusitis is often associated with two or more of the following symptoms and in some patients does not resolve with medical management.

Sinusitis symptoms may include two or three of the following:(1)

  • Tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead
  • Sinus pressure or congestion
  • Sinus Headache
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Loss of the sense of smell or taste
  • Yellow or green mucus from the nose
  • Teeth pain
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat from nasal discharge
  • Bad breath

Balloon Sinuplasty is indicated to treat Chronic Sinusitis. Chronic Sinusitis is best diagnosed by an Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck surgeon (ENT) who has the ability to determine the best sinusitis treatment options for you.

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Diagnostic tests for Chronic Sinusitus

The following are some of the diagnostic tests that are most commonly ordered to evaluate sinus conditions:

  • Endoscopic Nasal Evaluation. A flexible tube is inserted into the nasal passages and fiber optic light allows the doctor to see the smallest of abnormalities in the sinuses
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan of the sinuses. CT scans obtain images from various angles of the facial area using special X-ray equipment to help identify tumors, cysts, polyps, inflammatory diseases and structural abnormalities
  • Skin test to identify specific allergens
  • Blood tests to identify underlying conditions such as cystic fibrosis, allergies or viral/bacterial infections. Mucus samples may also be obtained to identify underlying conditions
  • Membrane Biopsy. This biopsy involves removing tissue and examining it under a microscope
  • Sinus cultures and sensitivity tissue cultures may be obtained to identify the cause of the inflammation
  • Nasal cultures and smears for biopsy