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What Is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a condition where the tissues lining the sinuses and their drainage pathways become inflamed or swollen, resulting in blocked sinuses. This can be caused by various factors and often presents significant challenges for treatment. Affecting 31 million adults in the US, sinusitis can persist even after medication, and it significantly impacts the quality of life for both adults and children. At Tampa Bay Breathe Free, we are committed to helping you regain your health and well-being.

WHAT Causes Sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis results from a combination of factors, including but not limited to:

  • Bacteria
  • Infections
  • Allergies
  • Inflammation of the nasal lining

WHAT are Symptoms of Sinusitis?

Sinusitis can manifest with a variety of symptoms, so it’s crucial to consult an ENT doctor for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. Symptoms may include:

  • Facial pain and/or pressure around the eyes, nose, jaw, and teeth
  • Fatigue caused by poor sleep from nightly pain and congestion
  • Low grade fever
  • Frequent stuffy nose due to swollen nasal passages
  • Blocked nasal passageways
  • Decreased sense of smell and taste
  • Headaches
  • Postnasal drip or mucus trickling from the back of the nose into the throat
  • Nasal discharge or green/yellow/cloudy mucus draining from the nose

WHAT are the Different Types of Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is classified into three main types: acute, chronic, and recurrent. Although they share similar symptoms, these types differ in their duration and how frequently they occur.

  • Acute Sinusitis: Acute sinusitis is a short-term inflammation of the sinuses typically lasting less than four weeks, often caused by a common cold or bacterial infection.
Subacute Sinusitis: When your sinusitis lingers for 6+ weeks, and then your symptoms improve - that is considered subacute.
  • Chronic Sinusitis: Chronic sinusitis is a long-lasting inflammation of the sinuses, persisting for 12 weeks or more despite treatment.
  • Recurrent Sinusitis: Recurrent sinusitis involves four or more infections in a calendar year with relief in between episodes, but infections will persist.

What are SinusitisTreatment Options?

As a sinusitis sufferer, there are an array of treatment options to consider, ranging from over-the-counter medication to surgical intervention. Our trusted physician will partner with you to determine the best course of action for your symptoms and address the root cause of your persistent infections.

  • Medication: Based on your symptoms, their severity, and how long they've lasted, Dr. Pate might suggest medications to alleviate your symptoms, which can include prescriptions, over-the-counter remedies, and home treatments.
  • Balloon Sinuplasty: Balloon sinuplasty, or balloon sinus dilation, is a minimally invasive office procedure that addresses drainage issues by targeting your nasal anatomy. During this intervention, a gentle inflation of the balloon enlarges your natural sinus openings.
  • Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is a viable choice for certain individuals with sinusitis. This surgical procedure enhances sinus drainage and overall function by correcting nasal anatomy, facilitating the natural flow of mucus through the expansion of sinus openings. Additionally, balloon sinuplasty can be used with FESS when necessary.

Let Tampa Bay BreatheFree Sinus & Allergy Centers Help

Dr. Pate and her dedicated team at Tampa Bay Breathe Free excel in diagnosing sinusitis and crafting personalized treatment plans for every patient. We prioritize attentive listening, thorough evaluation, and customized solutions to address your unique sinus issues. Don't suffer in silence any longer – book an appointment today and reclaim control over your life!