Pediatric and Adult Allergist & Allergy and Immunology in Metro Detroit, Farmington Hills, MI

Sinusitis services offered in Metro Detroit, Farmington Hills, MI

Sinusitis causes a stuffy nose, cough, and facial pain. It often follows a cold and resolves on its own within a week. However, if you have sinusitis symptoms that last more than a week, you need expert care from Chad W. Mayer, DO, FAAAAI, FAAP, at Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Your prolonged symptoms may be related to underlying health issues like allergies or asthma. To get relief from your sinusitis, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is inflammation of your sinuses. Your sinuses make up the hollow cavity behind your nose, under your cheeks, and around your eyes. 

Inflammation and swelling in the nose (rhinosinusitis) or sinuses prevent the mucus from draining and the sinuses fill with fluid, resulting in nasal congestion, facial pain, and a cough. 

What are the types of sinusitis?

The length and frequency of your sinusitis determine the type and help dictate the possible cause and best course of action. The types of sinusitis include:

Acute sinusitis

Acute sinusitis is sinus inflammation that lasts less than four weeks. This type of sinusitis usually occurs following a cold and clears up within a week. 

Subacute sinusitis

Sinusitis that lasts longer than four weeks and less than 12 weeks is called subacute sinusitis. 

Chronic sinusitis

When your sinusitis symptoms last more than 12 weeks, you have chronic sinusitis. People with allergies and asthma are more likely to suffer from chronic sinusitis. 

Recurrent sinusitis

If you have several bouts of sinusitis over a year, you have recurrent sinusitis. This type of sinusitis is common in people with seasonal allergies. 

When should I seek professional help for sinusitis?

You should seek professional help for your sinusitis at Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan if your symptoms fail to improve within a week. 

During your evaluation, your provider reviews your symptoms and medical and family history and does a physical exam, paying close attention to your nose and sinuses. 

What are some treatments for sinusitis?

The physicians at Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan take an individualized approach to patient care. They partner with you, creating plans that lead to long-term wellness.

Treatment for your sinusitis depends on the type, cause, and severity of symptoms and may include:

  • Nasal decongestants
  • Adequate hydration
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication
  • Antibiotics
  • Intranasal corticosteroid spray
  • Allergy medication
  • Avoiding allergens
  • Saline nasal spray and rinse

When medical interventions fail to ease your chronic sinusitis, your provider at Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan may refer you to a surgeon to discuss sinus surgery. 

Sinusitis makes it hard to breathe, eat, and sleep. To get relief, call Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan or schedule an appointment online today.

We offer fully customizable treatment for food allergies, including Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) and Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) exclusively or in tandem with Xolair. Dr. Mayer has been treating food allergies for over 20 years and was one of the first providers to incorporate Xolair into successful food allergy treatments. Call us to book your appointment today.