Sinusitis is a condition in which you experience inflammation in your nasal passage that interferes with mucus drainage. When you have had this condition for more than eight weeks despite treatment attempts, you are considered to have chronic sinusitis.
“First, you should see your primary care physician when symptoms last more than two weeks,” says Adam S. Morgan, MD, otolaryngologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “He or she can prescribe antibiotics and nasal sprays that help prevent and treat inflammation. If these medications and treatments do not help, it is time to see an otolaryngologist.”
An otolaryngologist is an ear, nose and throat specialist who can offer you other solutions for your chronic sinusitis, such as allergy testing or endoscopic sinus surgery. “With this type of surgery, I explore your sinus passages with a thin tube and use instruments to remove tissue, if needed,” says Morgan.