Inflammation. Stagnation. Infection.

Sinusitis trigger causes swelling.

Swelling leads to blocked drainage.

Blocked drainage leads to stagnation and infection.

Sinusitis Symptoms

In healthy sinuses, mucus drains out and air is able to circulate. Sinusitis describes a swelling (inflammation) of the sinuses that can lead to blockages and prevent mucous from draining properly. This can lead to infection caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungus.

At Virginia Sinus Center, we treat patients suffering from chronic and recurrent sinusitis each week.


Common sinusitis symptoms include:

  • Loss of smell or bad breath
  • Cough
  • Headache and facial pain or tenderness
  • Lack of energy
  • Nasal congestion and discharge
  • Sore throat and postnasal drip

Acute, Chronic, and Recurrent Acute Sinusitis

Sinusitis can be acute, chronic or recurrent acute. Every patient is unique, and requires a personal approach to therapy.

Acute: One episode with symptoms persisting for 10 to 12 days. Sinusitis symptoms resolve in four weeks or less.

Recurrent Acute: Four or more acute sinusitis outbreaks in a single calendar year. Periods of relief are followed by another outbreak.

Chronic: Episodes of sinusitis where symptoms persist for 3 months or more.

Treatment Options

Patients may be treated with self-care or medical therapy. In-office procedures such as balloon sinus dilation and functional endoscopic sinus surgery are available to provide relief to sinusitis sufferers.

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