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Derek Leight, M.D.

Sinusitis is acute or chronic inflammation in the nose or paranasal sinuses. Some of the newer studies say between 14 to 16 percent of people in the United States might suffer from various forms of sinusitis.

What are the symptoms of sinusitis?

Most of the time people with sinusitis have some sort of constellation of symptoms of facial pressure or pain. It is usually around their eyes, above their eyes, below their eyes and between their eyes. A decreased of smell and decreased airflow through the nose. Either one or both sides or an alternating airflow, a decrease is very common. We also see a lot of drainage from the nose.

What are the types of sinusitis?

Acute sinusitis which is a shorter duration of symptoms and then there is an intermediate sinusitis called a subacute sinusitis, which is generally from four to 12 weeks of symptoms. Then there is chronic sinusitis with a duration of 12 weeks or longer of symptoms related to sinusitis.

How do you treat sinusitis?

It depends on the type. If you’re an acute sinusitis, meaning your duration of symptoms hasn’t been very long, most of the time it is related to a virus and mostly treated with supportive therapy. Nasal rinses, steroid nasal sprays, decongestants, mucolytics, those kinds of things.

For the broad population of patients with chronic sinusitis there is no cure. We are dealing with a quality of life disease. There are a few instances where that’s not true. What our goal is in managing it is to try and improve your quality of life.

Sinusitis is acute or chronic inflammation in the nose or paranasal sinuses. Dr. Leight​, Board Certified Otolaryngologist at the Boys Town Ear, Nose & Throat Institute, explains the different types of sinusitis, the symptoms and how to treat the disease.​​