Treatment of sinusitis and other sinus infections are a specialty of the doctors at Allergy & Asthma Specialists of North Florida. Sinusitis is a condition that involves inflammation of the paranasal sinuses (air-filled pockets located behind the forehead, eyes and cheeks). Sinusitis may be a result of a viral or bacterial sinus infection or an allergic reaction. It most commonly is brought on by environmental allergens that irritate the nasal passages, cause inflammation and predispose a patient to sinusitis. Sinusitis may also be caused by other irritants including chemicals and use or abuse of over-the-counter nasal sprays.
Sinus infection symptoms include fever, headache and tenderness or pain in the face, cloudy or discolored nasal drainage, nasal stuffiness, cough, sneezing, itchy eyes and sore throat. Infections of the sinuses can be classified as acute (lasting less than 30 days), subacute (lasting more than one month but less than three months) or chronic (lasting longer than three months). According to statistics from the National Institute of Health, sinusitis hits more than 30 million adults in the United States each year.
Treatment options for sinus infections and sinusitis can be as simple as over-the-counter medications for fever and pain and OTC decongestants, which help drain the sinuses and relieve facial pain. If facial pain and nasal discharge persist for longer than a week, your allergist may prescribe an antibiotic formulated to treat the most common sinus infection-causing bacteria. If your sinus infection is caused by an allergy rather than a virus or bacteria, your allergist may prescribe or recommend an antihistamine or a topical nasal steroid spray. Allergy testing is important to identify the specific allergens that may be contributing to your sinus disease.
If you are battling sinusitis or a sinus infection, Allergy & Asthma Specialists of North Florida can help you get relief. Contact us via our convenient online email form to ask a question or schedule an appointment at one of our four Jacksonville-area locations on University Blvd., in Mandarin, on the Westside and in Orange Park.