Nearly 31 million Americans suffer from sinus infections every year, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. The experienced allergists and immunologists at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates know how difficult it is to manage sinusitis on your own. That’s why they provide expert sinusitis care at their offices in Southlake and Fort Worth, Texas. If sinusitis is impacting your quality of life, call Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates or book an appointment online.
Sinusitis is characterized by inflammation of the lining of the sinus tissue. When your tissue is healthy, it fills with air, but when your paranasal sinuses become blocked with fluid, it can cause an infection.
A sinus infection occurs when fluid build up in the sinuses, creating an environment for bacteria to grow. This occurs for several reasons, such as:
Most acute sinusitis cases — meaning your symptoms last for four weeks or less — are caused by bacterial or viral infections. Subacute sinusitis can last for 4 to 12 weeks, while chronic sinusitis typically lasts for 12 weeks or more and may be recurrent.
Common symptoms of sinusitis include:
Schedule a visit with Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates if you think you may have a sinus infection. How is sinusitis treated?
There are many ways to treat sinusitis, depending on the severity and cause of your symptoms. The most common acute sinusitis treatments include:
If you have chronic sinusitis, Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates may recommend further treatment to reduce your symptoms, such as oral steroids. Allergy shots may also be helpful if your chronic sinusitis is triggered by allergies.
In some cases, surgery may be needed to improve sinus drainage and reduce blockage. While surgery can help minimize your sinusitis symptoms, a blockage can recur at some point, so it’s only recommended if you haven’t experienced any relief from previous treatments.
To schedule an appointment with Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates, call the office or book a visit online.