Inflammation of the lining of the sinuses and nose.
Acute sinusitis is typically caused by viral infections but can also be caused by bacterial and fungal infections.
Symptoms include: nasal congestion and blockage, thick yellow-green discharge from the nose, pain in the teeth and face, fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty or inability to smell, ear pressure or fullness, headache, and bad breath.
Sometimes allergies contribute to recurrent acute and chronic sinusitis.
Allergies cause chronic inflammation which can increase the risk for sinusitis when left untreated.
If allergies are well controlled, sinus infections may decrease without any other intervention, including surgery.
Allergists help to identify allergens and customize treatment which can decrease the need for recurrent antibiotic treatment as well as possibly preventing any surgical intervention.