Sinusitis Specialist
Sinusitis, or inflamed sinuses, can leave you feeling run down with severe head pain. Even something as simple as breathing can be painful and difficult. You don’t have to suffer with sinusitis day in and day out. Visit with your local Culver City ear, nose, and throat specialist, Dr. Michel Babajanian, otolaryngologist, to get your symptoms under control.

Sinusitis Q & A

by Michel Babajanian, MD, FACS

What are the primary symptoms of sinusitis?

Typically, you have to suffer from 2 of the following 4 symptoms to have a positive sinusitis diagnosis. These symptoms include:

  • Minimal sense of smell or taste
  • Postnasal drainage
  • Pain and swelling around your nose
  • Nasal congestion, making it difficult to breath

Can sinusitis symptoms last for a long time?

Yes. In acute cases, your symptoms might improve in as little as 4 weeks. Some people suffer from chronic sinusitis that can last for 3 months or more. While it’s possible to have an acute case of sinusitis occasionally, you likely have recurrent sinusitis if you continue having attacks several times throughout the year -- or if it just never seems to go away.

Will I get a fever?

If you’ve ever had a seasonal cold, it’s likely that you have acute sinusitis. In this case, you may get a fever, in addition to the associated chills and cold sweats. If you have chronic sinusitis that lasts for an extended period of time, it isn’t likely that you’ll have a fever.

When should I see a doctor?

You should always see your doctor anytime you’re under the weather, just as a precaution. But because sinusitis can make you feel weak, affecting your sleep and everyday activities, it’s important to see a specialist like Dr. Babajanian, otolaryngologist, who can properly diagnose and treat your condition. Make an appointment with him if you have:

  • Red eyes
  • A high fever
  • Stiffness in your neck
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Vision problems or blurriness
  • Migraine or a severe headache
  • Swelling around your eyes and nose

These symptoms could indicate that you have a severe infection that requires immediate medical attention. If left untreated, sinusitis can increase your risk of developing meningitis, lead to permanent vision problems, or permanently affect your sense of taste or smell.

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