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When a Sinus Infection Turns into Sinusitis

By: Kelly Warf, Au.D.
Alexander Goldin, M.D.

Do you feel like your cold or sinus infection just won’t go away? Do you have a headache, pressure behind your eyes, sore throat, cough, and/or facial tenderness? Then you might have sinusitis.

What starts as a cold can turn into sinusitis. Other etiologies include allergic reactions, deviated septum, and nasal polyps. If symptom relief is not obtained within a couple of weeks, then you may have sinusitis.

If sinusitis is suspected, the ENT doctor will perform endoscopic evaluation to see what is obstructing the sinuses from functioning optimally. They will determine if the infection is caused by a virus or bacteria to prescribe the correct medication. Surgery may be recommended if there is a problem with the structure of the sinus or if medications are ineffective. Some surgeries can be conducted in our office under local anesthesia and patients can resume normal activities quickly after.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, please schedule an appointment with us today so we can determine the underlying cause and create a treatment plan. Schedule your appointment at the Ear, Nose, and Throat Center today. Call 847-685-1000

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