Sinusitis: The Never-ending Head Cold

Dr. Kauffman giving patient a sinus examIt’s only the beginning of March and already you’ve started to feel the bothersome prickling of head-colds and a runny nose. Common Sino-nasal symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Sinus Pressure
  • Drainage
  • Sore Throat
  • Coughing

Common symptoms this time of the year include nasal congestion, post nasal discharge and facial pressure. Nasal inflammation can result from both allergic and non-allergic causes resulting in constant nasal congestion and drainage. For many Americans, it is easy to slip from the annoying, Sino-nasal symptoms to a chronic sinus infection. When the opening of the sinuses becomes blocked, mucus collects in the sinus resulting in an ideal environment for bacteria to grow and cause sinusitis. Sinusitis lasting more than three months is considered chronic sinusitis. Non-surgical management if these types of infections include antibiotics, decongestants, as well as topical systemic steroids. Symptoms of chronic sinusitis may be less severe than those of acute infection and often times requires surgery.