Century City Allergy
Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists & Board-Certified Allergist located in Century City, Los Angeles, CA
Many men and women in the West Los Angeles area struggle with the discomforts of sinusitis. When frequent headaches, nasal congestion, and eye pain slow you down, reach out to nationally recognized allergists Marc Meth, MD, and Elizabeth Feuille, MD, at Century City Allergy in Los Angeles, California. You can call the office or book your appointment online right now.
Sinusitis Q & A
What is sinusitis?
When your sinuses are inflamed, you have sinusitis, or a sinus infection. This inflammation attacks the tiny air pockets in your nasal passages, eyes, and throughout your cheeks, restricting the normal drainage of mucus. Without normal fluid movement, germs and bacteria can build up and cause infection.
The common categories of sinusitis are:
- Acute: symptoms for up to four weeks
- Subacute: caused by an infection, symptoms for up to eight weeks
- Chronic: inflammation-driven sinusitis, symptoms for 12 weeks or more
- Recurrent: several bouts of sinusitis in one year
What causes sinusitis?
A virus or bacterial infection is frequently suspected when you develop sinusitis. Other well-known triggers of sinusitis include:
- Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
- Nasal polyps
- A deviated nasal septum
- A cold
- Allergens or pollutants
- Molds and fungi
- Sinus sensitivities
- Immune deficiencies
What are the symptoms of sinusitis?
When sinusitis inflames the mucus linings in your sinuses and nasal passages, you feel a lot like you do when you have a bad cold. If your symptoms persist for more than a week, you may have sinusitis. The most commonly reported symptoms of sinusitis are:
- Pain behind the eyes
- Discolored nasal drainage
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Dental pain
- Loss of taste and smell
- Pressure in your ears
- Foul breath
- Bad taste in your mouth
- Facial tenderness
- Soreness across the bridge of your nose
- Inflamed throat
What is the treatment for sinusitis?
Dr. Marc Meth and Dr. Elizabeth Feuille at Century City Allergy develop a treatment plan that considers what’s causing the infection, your unique symptoms, and the type of sinusitis. The treatment goal is to restore normal function to your nasal passages.
Nasal sprays and oral or injected corticosteroids usually deliver much-needed relief. For bacterial sinusitis, Dr. Meth or Dr. Feuille may prescribe a course of antibiotics. If you have severe chronic sinusitis, sinus surgery may be the best treatment option.
For comprehensive sinus support and care, call Dr. Meth and Dr. Feuille at Century City Allergy in Los Angeles. You can also click below and book your appointment online.