What is chronic sinusitis?

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining by bacterial, viral or microbial infections or by structural issues such as blockages of the sinus opening. When the sinus opening is closed, normal mucus drainage may not occur, which can lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses. Chronic sinusitis occurs when symptoms occur frequently and last three months or longer.

Symptoms include:

  • Facial pain, pressure or congestion
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
  • Teeth pain
  • Loss of the sense of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath

Treatment Options for Chronic Sinusitis

Typical chronic sinusitis treatment begins with medication, which may include homeopathic, over-the-counter and prescription medications, which may include:

  • Decongestants
  • Nasal steroids – antibiotics – mucus thinning drugs – decongestants
  • Oral steroids
  • Natural remedies, including cool and hot mist vaporizers, steam, Neti Pot and sinus rinsing

However, for some sufferers of chronic sinusitis, medications do not help treat their condition and surgery may be required. There are two surgical treatment options available – balloon sinuplasty and functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS).

It is important to talk with your physician about the best treatment options for you.