Sinuses are the hollow spaces in the bones around the nose that are connected through channels, which are small and narrow. Sinusitis is an infection (viral or bacterial) or inflammation of these sinuses and can last for a variable amount of time.

Depending on how long symptoms are present in a patients impacts the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Acute Sinusitis means that symptoms are present for up to 4 weeks. Most cases begin as a common cold, and symptoms usually last up to 10 days. Sub-acute sinusitis means symptoms are lasting from 4-8 weeks, and Chronic sinusitis means symptoms are present for 12 or more weeks. Current acute sinusitis is when the symptoms are acute (only lasting up to 4 weeks) however this cycle of acute sinusitis reoccurs 4 or more times.

If symptoms are lasting more than a week, but is still within the acute stage, then one can simply go to a primary care provider who can prescribe an antibiotic or steroid.  Once symptoms persist and the sinusitis becomes sub-acute or chronic, an ENT would be the best bet for helping solve the issue. An ENT can look deeper into the nose with a nasal endoscope and/or ask for a CT scan of the sinuses to find the cause of the sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis can be caused by nasal polyps, anatomic problems, or a growth in the nasal cavity.

Common Symptoms:

  • Pain or pressure in region of sinuses
  • Nasal drainage
  • Discolored drainage (such as yellow, green, or milky)
  • Nasal obstruction or difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Decrease sense of smell
  • Fever

Minor Symptoms include:

  • Ear pain or pressure
  • Headache
  • Pain of the upper teeth


Our ENT here at National Allergy & ENT can assist in finding the cause and treating all forms of sinusitis. Give us a call at (843) 576-3302 to schedule your appointment.

For more information on Sinusitis from our ENT, Dr. Russell, check out the video below or visit our YouTube page!