Sinusitis Specialist

International Medical Clinics (IMC)

Family Medicine & OBGYNs located in Atlanta, GA

At least once a year, about 35 million Americans get the sniffles, headaches, and misery that come with a case of sinusitis. In Atlanta, International Medical Clinics (IMC) treat cases of sinusitis in patients of all ages. The team can also teach you prevention measures for yourself and your family, so you can reduce your chances of getting the condition next year. To speak with a provider about sinusitis or get treated for the condition, call IMC, or book your visit online today.

Sinusitis Q & A

What is sinusitis?

Your sinuses are the hollow pathways on the inside of your nose and down to your throat. Sinusitis is a common, but highly treatable, condition that occurs when these sinuses become inflamed or infected, often as a result of a cold, allergies, or asthma. 

You can get either of two main types of sinusitis:

Acute sinusitis

Acute sinusitis is short-term and usually affects you after a cold or an allergic reaction. Your sinuses swell and cause mucus buildup and pressure in your head. 

Chronic sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis is the long-term form of the condition that lasts for three months or longer. Over half of all patients with asthma have it.

What are the symptoms of sinusitis?

Infected sinuses can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Patients with sinusitis commonly report:

  • Sniffling
  • Blocked airways
  • Green or yellow mucus
  • Headaches
  • Teeth pain
  • Tenderness or swelling in your face
  • Inability to smell or taste
  • Bad breath

Several of these symptoms can make it difficult for you to breathe properly, speak clearly, and fall asleep. You might also get a fever and become too fatigued to leave your bed. 

It’s also important to stay away from others while you’re experiencing symptoms of sinusitis. Bacteria and viruses that cause sinusitis are contagious and can easily be spread to coworkers, family, and friends.

What are my treatment options for sinusitis?

To treat your sinusitis, you must focus on clearing them of mucus. The mucus harbors bacteria that can keep you sick. Your IMC provider may also prescribe or recommend:

  • Antibiotics (for bacterial sinusitis)
  • Nasal sprays or washes
  • Over-the-counter decongestants
  • Antihistamines to reduce inflammation
  • Humidifiers to use at home

If you have a serious case of chronic sinusitis, your physician may recommend surgery to open your nasal passages or correct structural deformities that make your symptoms worse. 

Sinusitis isn’t always preventable, but you can minimize your chances of getting it by avoiding your allergens and washing your hands often, especially during cold and flu season.

Sinusitis can keep you from your work and social life. To find out if you have sinusitis and ease your symptoms, call IMC, or book an appointment online at the first signs.