What is chronic sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a general term which refers to inflammation of the lining of the nose and sinuses.  Because the sinuses are connected to the nose, specialists in sinus problems typically use the term “Chronic Rhinos Sinusitis,” or CRS for short.  CRS is a common problem which affects several million people each year and is a leading cause for doctor visits.

What causes chronic sinusitis?

CRS is caused by different things in different people.   Everybody is unique in terms of his/her individual exposures/habit, sinus anatomy, and immune system profile.  Some patients may have severe allergies.  Others may have an abnormality of the internal nose/sinus or an occupation or recreational activity which increases infection risk.  Regardless of how the inflammation gets started, once the swelling of the lining of the sinuses develops, the problem can be hard to eliminate.

How do I know if I have chronic sinusitis (CRS)?

CRS can be diagnosed by symptoms and x-rays.  Symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis include facial pain, facial pressure, nasal obstruction, post nasal drainage and ear pressure.  When these symptoms have been present more than 3 months or on a recurring basis, the condition of CRS is present.  In the office, your ENT doctor can perform a highly accurate examination of the nose and sinuses using special non-invasive scopes to visualize the sinus openings.  Specialized x-ray imaging of the sinuses called a Sinus CT scan is a very accurate means of assessing this condition.  Many patients assume they have allergies when in fact the problem is chronic sinusitis.

What is the treatment for chronic sinusitis?

The Iowa ENT Center offers the most expansive treatment options in the Midwest. Each sinus patient has a unique profile of causes which together lead to CRS. Therefore, our physicians will construct a very specific treatment plan for each patient aimed at the condition’s root causes. There is no “one size fits all” cure for CRS. Potential treatments could include medications, homeopathic treatments, antibiotics, office procedures, chemical cautery, and in some cases, surgery. Our treatment plans are highly individualized based on the condition we are treating, the assessment findings and the patients’ wishes.

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