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Conditions We Treat: Sinusitis
Sinusitis, also known as rhinosinusitis, is a condition involving inflammation in one or more of the paranasal sinuses. Acute sinusitis is inflammation usually caused by an infection lasting less than four weeks. Acute sinusitis usually resolves with medical therapy including antibiotics. Chronic sinusitis is sinonasal inflammation lasting for more than 12 weeks and can be caused by multiple factors.
Sinusitis: What You Need to Know
- The most common symptoms associated with sinusitis are nasal congestion, nasal discharge, postnasal drip, facial pressure or pain, decreased sense of smell, cough and fever.
- Diagnosing sinusitis involves performing a thorough physical examination, nasal endoscopy and CT scans.
- Medical therapy including sinonasal irrigation, antibiotics and nasal steroids, are often combined with other novel therapies to improve or eliminate sinonasal symptoms.
- Surgery is used for patients with persistent sinusitis despite adequate medical therapy and severe nasal polyps caused by chronic inflammation.
Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Sinusitis?
Our Patient Education
Our Sinus Center team recorded online seminars and answers to frequently asked questions to keep our patients informed about their condition and treatment options.
Desperate after numerous unsuccessful sinus surgeries to treat an aggressive nasal infection, Virginia-resident Dan found the Johns Hopkins Sinus Center. After sinus surgery by Dr. Andrew Lane and sublingual immunotherapy allergy treatment by Dr. Sandra Lin, Dan is now infection free and no longer taking decongestants.