Chronic Sinusitis Specialist

Wasatch Allergy and Asthma

Allergists located in Salt Lake City, UT & Riverton, UT

Constant throbbing pain and congestion in your face are typical symptoms of sinusitis, which can become a chronic problem unless treated promptly. If you have these symptoms, Wasatch Allergy and Asthma is a specialty medical center where you can get help. They have a team of sinus and allergy specialists, led by allergist Eric Chenworth, DO, at their offices in Salt Lake City and Riverton, Utah, who can help minimize and relieve the effects of chronic sinusitis. Find out more by calling Wasatch Allergy and Asthma or booking an appointment online

Chronic Sinusitis

What is chronic sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis is a painful condition affecting the sinuses in your face. You have sinuses, which are empty spaces, above your eyes, behind your nose, and within your cheekbones. They filter air as you breathe in through your nose, as well as moistening and warming it.

If you have sinusitis, also known as rhinosinusitis or a sinus infection, it means there’s swelling in your sinuses and nasal passages. Acute sinusitis typically lasts no more than four weeks. Chronic sinusitis lasts for eight weeks or more.

Chronic sinusitis most often develops from an acute attack of sinusitis. Acute sinusitis can occur when you have a cold, as sinus swelling leads to infection. If you have seasonal allergies or hay fever, that can make you more prone to sinusitis as your nasal passages are already swollen.

What are the symptoms of chronic sinusitis?

The main symptom of sinusitis is pain and a feeling of pressure in the back of your nose, around your eyes, and in your forehead. The pain can become intense and debilitating in severe cases. Other symptoms of chronic sinusitis include:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Thick, discolored phlegm
  • Postnasal drip
  • Cough
  • Ear fullness
  • Headache
  • Toothache
  • Tiredness
  • Fever (occasionally)

If you have symptoms of chronic sinusitis, you don’t need to struggle on, as the team at Wasatch Allergy and Asthma can help.

How is chronic sinusitis treated?

After confirming the diagnosis of sinusitis, your provider can offer several treatments to reduce the pain and inflammation. You might need to take medication to control your allergies or reduce any blockages. These medicines could include a:

  • Decongestant
  • Mucus-thinning medicine
  • Steroid nasal spray

If you have a bacterial infection that isn’t clearing up, then you might need to take antibiotics. Long-term treatment to manage your allergies reduces the risk of developing sinusitis.

Inhaling moist hot air can help clear your sinuses, as can rinsing your nasal cavities with a specially prepared saltwater solution.

In some cases, you might need surgery to correct physical problems that are making your sinusitis worse -- for example, having narrow drainage passages or a shifted nasal septum. If this is the case, your provider at Wasatch Allergy and Asthma can refer you to an ear, nose, and throat doctor.

If you have symptoms of chronic sinusitis, call Wasatch Allergy and Asthma today to schedule a consultation, or you can request an appointment online.