Signs and symptoms for Sinusitis that you need to look out for include:
A sinus infection can be of two kinds – Acute and Chronic. An Acute Sinusitis surfaces due to common cold or flu, develops quickly, and lasts for about 12 weeks. On the other hand, a Chronic Sinusitis takes time to develop and stays for a longer period of time.
If a sinus infection is left untreated, the pain and discomfort will persist until the sinus starts clearing up. In rare cases, untreated sinusitis can lead to meningitis, a brain abscess, or a bone infection.
When the patient experiences any of the warnings signs or symptoms, an appointment must be made with a doctor specialised in the field. Usually, an ENT doctor is consulted.
The doctor will provide a complete diagnosis based on:
Sinusitis treatment is possible by both surgical as well as non-surgical means, depending on the specifics of the case.
At home care for Sinusitis is possible and quite effective in some cases.
If the condition deteriorates or persists for a longer period of time a Sinusitis treatment surgery may end up being the best option for a favourable outcome.
Both these types of surgery are minimally invasive and are usually performed under general anaesthesia.
Although Sinusitis is a minimally invasive and low risk surgery, the possible complications in a rare case scenario include:
Although usually safe, sinusitis surgery can cause complications like bleeding, alteration of sense of smell/taste, persistence of facial pain, recurrence of sinusitis and spinal fluid leak.
Recovery may take 3 to 5 days. Your nasal passage and breathing should return to normal within 2-3 weeks after surgery.
There are many reasons for a headache. If it is accompanied by worsening nasal blockage, loss of smell/taste, yellow or green nasal discharge, you may have sinusitis. Consult a doctor immediately.
You may return home either after a few hours of the surgery once the anesthetics wear off, or on the next day.