Acute sinusitis refers to sinusitis symptoms lasting less than four weeks. Most cases begin as a common cold. Symptoms often go away within a week to 10 days; but in some people, a bacterial infection develops. Acute sinusitis (acute rhinosinusitis) causes the cavities around your nasal passages (sinuses) to become inflamed and swollen. This interferes with drainage and can cause sinus pressure and congestion.
With acute sinusitis, it might be difficult to breathe through your nose. The area around your eyes and face might feel swollen, and you might have throbbing facial pain or a headache.
If you suffer from 4 or more episodes of acute sinusitis in a given year, you may have untreated environmental allergies, chronic infection of the thin bones inside your nose, or obstruction of the openings to your sinuses. At National Allergy & ENT, our physicians are experts at treating these conditions, and will provide you with the appropriate medical and surgical options to decrease the number of infections you experience each year and improve your ability to breathe through your nose.