A typical sinus infection that a person receives medical treatment for lasts for about two weeks (once treatment begins). For those who have a cold or the flu along with a sinus infection, the symptoms may last for a few weeks. However, many people suffer from persistent nasal issues that last for 12 weeks or more. These sufferers typically find little to no lasting relief from medication, and chronic nasal problems will begin to affect their daily lives.
Chronic issues are defined as a health condition or disease that is persistent or long-lasting. Typically, the term ‘chronic’ is often applied when the course of a condition or illness lasts for more than three months.
Chronic sinusitis occurs when the nasal passages are swollen and inflamed for three months or longer. This common condition interferes with the way mucus should drain from the sinuses, making your nose stuffy. Many people experience tenderness around the eye area, and breathing through the nose may be difficult.
Those suffering from chronic sinusitis often have nasal polyps that are contributing to the issues they are suffering from. Nasal polyps are benign tumors that develop in the lining of the nasal cavities or sinuses. Large nasal polyps, or many small polyps, can inhibit breathing. This results in the buildup of mucus and increases the risk of sinusitis-related infections. Nasal polyps can be removed through surgery or a procedure known as a balloon sinuplasty.
Patients who opt for surgery to remove nasal polyps or to undergo balloon sinuplasty need to understand the importance of seeking treatment from a clinician that specializes in improving the overall prognosis. While treatment for polyps will initially help you breathe better, it is not to be seen as a cure for chronic nasal issues. You will want the continued treatment from a specialist like Dr. Greg Levitin, who offers effective treatment of chronic nasal issues. He has the diagnostic tools and techniques needed to provide safe and long-lasting results for patients of all ages.