Symptoms Associated with Sinusitis

Sinusitis – also known as rhinosinusitis – is an inflammation of the tissue lining of the sinuses that afflicts millions of people each year.

Normally, sinuses are filled with air, but when sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid, pathogens (bacteria, viruses and fungi) can grow and cause an infection. Structural issues such as narrowed drainage anatomy are often associated with sinusitis. Depending on the severity and frequency of the symptoms, sinusitis may be considered acute, recurrent, or chronic.

Affected Sinuses

There are four types of sinuses – maxillary (behind the cheek bones), ethmoid (between the eyes), frontal (in the forehead) and sphenoid (behind the eyes). All of these sinuses can be affected by sinusitis. The majority of cases involve the maxillary and ethmoid sinuses.

We Treat Sinusitis in Boca Raton, Florida

Sinusitis is a condition that is common throughout the world. In the United States alone, more than 35 million people are affected by it every year.

The sinuses are empty spaces or cavities behind the face (forehead, cheeks, and eyes) that are filled with air. In sinuses that are healthy, mucus is able to drain and air circulates regularly. When someone suffers from sinusitis, their sinuses are swollen or inflamed, which makes it more difficult for the air to flow and mucous to drain. When this happens, it can lead to infection.

Many people suffer from chronic or recurrent sinusitis. At the, we are able to treat these patients and restore their quality of life.

At the Boca Raton Ear & Sinus Surgery, we see many patients suffering from chronic and recurrent sinusitis each week.

Acute, Chronic, and Recurrent Acute Sinusitis

Sinusitis can be acute, recurrent acute or chronic. According to their symptoms and health, each patient is unique. Our Houston Sinus Center doctors will administer a personal approach to your individual therapy. Our typical treatment options include:

Acute Symptoms

Sinusitis symptoms resolve in 4 weeks or less.

Acute Symptoms

Typically addressed via self-care or medical therapy.

Recurrent Symptoms

4 or more sinusitis outbreaks in a calendar year.

Periods of relief are followed by another outbreak.


Can be addressed via medical therapy, an office procedure such as functional endoscopic sinus surgery or balloon sinus dilation

chronic symptoms

Symptoms last for more than 12 weeks.

Severity of symptoms may change but will not completely resolve.


Can be addressed via medical therapy, an office procedure such as balloon sinus dilation or functional endoscopic sinus surgery.

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What Causes Sinusitis?

Several factors can lead to irritation and contribute to sinusitis, including:

  • Fungus
  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Facial structure issues (narrow drainage pathways)

Sinusitis Symptoms

Several factors can lead to irritation and contribute to sinusitis, including:

  • Bad breath
  • Loss of smell
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Facial pain
  • Tenderness
  • Nasal congestion and discharge
  • Soar throat and postnasal drip

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