Sinusitis

San Antonio Asthma & Allergy

Allergy and Asthma Specialists located in San Antonio, TX

As many as 33 million people in the United States are diagnosed with chronic sinusitis every year. To help you breathe easier and treat the other symptoms of sinusitis, David Hrncir, MD, and the other board-certified physicians at San Antonio Asthma & Allergy offer comprehensive care plans. Whether you need recommendations for over-the-counter medicines or need help managing allergy-triggered sinusitis, the physicians tailor your treatment plan to relieve the pain and pressure of sinusitis quickly. If you suspect you have chronic sinusitis, schedule an evaluation by calling the office in San Antonio, Texas or booking an appointment online today.

Sinusitis Q&A

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a condition that describes inflammation in your sinuses. Inflammation can develop due to an infection or another underlying health issue, such as:

  • Colds
  • Allergies
  • Sinus infection
  • Changes in temperature

Acute sinusitis describes sinus inflammation that lasts no longer than four weeks and resolves with or without treatment. If you have chronic sinusitis, you experience symptoms of sinus inflammation for more than four weeks.

You may also develop recurrent sinusitis if you have structural issues in your nasal cavity, like a deviated septum or due to the growth of polyps that obstruct your sinus passages.

What are the symptoms of sinusitis?

Symptoms of sinusitis may start gradually and worsen over time. Initially, you may experience nasal congestion and persistent pressure or pain in your forehead, behind your eyes, or in your nose.

Other common symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Bad breath
  • Changes in smell or taste

You may also experience drainage of fluids from your nose into your throat that causes a persistent cough, especially when you’re lying down.

The medical team at San Antonio Asthma & Allergy can diagnose sinusitis during an in-office evaluation. They also use diagnostic allergy testing to determine if allergies are the root cause of your sinusitis symptoms.

How is sinusitis treated?

The goal of treating acute and chronic sinusitis is to relieve pressure and pain in your sinus cavity and help you breathe more freely. Initially, you may benefit from a saline nasal spray that flushes out irritants and helps ease inflammation.

Your San Antonio Asthma & Allergy provider may also recommend over-the-counter or prescription nasal decongestants that treat pain and keep the sinus cavity free of inflammation and excess mucus. Antibiotics may be necessary if you have an existing sinus infection.

When allergies are contributing to chronic sinusitis, your San Antonio Asthma & Allergy provider can create a treatment plan to manage your allergies and prevent recurrent sinusitis. Treatment for allergies may involve medications or immunotherapy, a treatment that reduces your immune system’s response to allergens.

If you need help managing chronic sinusitis, schedule an evaluation at San Antonio Asthma & Allergy by calling the office.