Sinusitis is a common health problem. At MaineHealth we want to make sure that we offer the best care for your ears, nose and throat. We offer education, resources and medical care to help you understand sinusitis and how to treat it.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis simply means that your nose and sinuses are inflamed. This can be caused by many different things, including the common cold. Sinusitis often starts from a cold and could possibly turn into a bacterial infection.

Acute sinusitis can last up to a month. It often is from a cold or allergy. Chronic sinusitis can last for three months or more. It may be a sinus infection and require antibiotics.

Sinusitis symptoms

Symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Mucus drainage

  • Feeling tired

  • Coughing

  • Runny nose

  • Fever

  • Headache

Sinusitis diagnosis and treatment

A routine exam by your healthcare provider can help diagnose you. Your provider will look at your nose and face and ask about your symptoms. Sometimes you may need imaging tests.

Sinusitis treatment depends on your symptoms.. Your healthcare provider may suggest pain relievers and decongestants. Sometimes heating pads, vaporizers and saline sprays may help.  A small subset of people with sinusitis symptoms might need antibiotics to treat their problem.