Chronic sinusitis, also referred to as chronic rhinosinusitis, is often diagnosed when sinusitis symptoms have gone on for more than 12 weeks, despite medical treatment.
People with allergic rhinitis or asthma are more likely to suffer from chronic sinusitis. This is because the airways are more likely to become inflamed when allergic rhinitis or asthma are present. Chronic sinusitis may also be caused by an infection, a fungus, deviated nasal septum, nasal polyps or in rare cases an immune system deficiency.
The area around your eyes and face might feel persistently swollen, you might have facial pain or tenderness, and your sense of smell may be decreased.
If your sinus symptoms have persisted for 12 weeks or more, you can schedule an appointment at National Allergy & ENT to be evaluated for chronic sinusitis. During your exam, your physician will perform a nasal endoscopy, which involves placing a thin endoscope attached to a camera inside of your nose to look for irregularities that may be causing your symptoms. Your physician will record the endoscopy and review the results with you, so that you can see and understand the causes of your symptoms. Depending on the results of your nasal endoscopy, you may also need a CT scan of your sinuses. After reviewing all of your testing results, your physician will develop a comprehensive treatment plan to get your feeling better and back to normal.