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When a Sinus Infection Turns Into Sinusitis

By: Kelly Warf, Au.D.
Sanjeev Balamohan, M.D.

Do you feel like your cold or sinus infection just will not 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 seasonal allergies, deviated septum, and nasal polyps. If symptom relief is not obtained within 12 weeks, then you may have chronic sinusitis.

If sinusitis is suspected, the ENT doctor will perform an 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 anatomy of the sinuses 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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