Differences Between Acute and Chronic Sinusitis

Posted by Potomac ENT October 25th, 2017

Sinusitis is common! Acute sinusitis can be triggered by a cold or allergies and may resolve on its own. Chronic sinusitis can last from four to eight weeks and may be caused by an infection or growths and can linger for years, its cause can be hard to pin down and hard to treat.

Symptoms include: facial pain, runny nose, nasal congestion and headache.

Differences between Acute and Chronic Sinusitis

Acute Sinusitis

Usually doesn’t require any treatment beyond symptomatic relief with medications.

Chronic Sinusitis

May require antibiotics and sometimes due to problems with the structure of the nasal passages, or growth such as nasal polyp that keeps the sinus from draining normally.

Acute and Chronic sinusitis have similar symptoms of facial pain and pressure, thick discolored mucus and congestion.

Treatment is Key! Finding the right Sinus specialist is not always an easy task. You want to find a specialist that has experience in treating both acute and chronic sinusitis.

When diagnosing the specialist needs to determine whether you have acute or chronic sinusitis, this determines the correct treatment.

Request an Appointment with one of our Sinus Experts Today!

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