Chronic Sinusitis

Sinusitis that lasts for more than 12 weeks is called chronic sinusitis. Sinusitis is the inflammation of the tissue lining the nasal and sinus cavities. The symptoms include postnasal drainage, nasal congestion, pain around the eyes, ear pain, sore throat, and bad breath.

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Can I survive without surgery in a colder region if I have a bent nasal bone?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25-years-old, and I have a nasal problem. My nasal bone is bent, I have a blocked nose on the left side of my nose, and I have breathing difficulty when I get cold. I am now working in colder regions. Can I survive there with this nasal problem, or do I need to get operated?  Read Full »

Dr. Ranjit Peter

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on what you shared, if you have a persistent nasal block on the left side at all times and if it is affecting your day-to-day activities or if you are getting recurrent sinusitis on the left side, I would suggest you consider getting operated. If there are allergi...  Read Full »

I have reduced sense of smell due to chronic sinusitis. Will my sense of smell eventually come back?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with chronic sinusitis without nasal polyps two years back. I have had symptoms for this entire time. I received a computed tomography scan and nasal endoscopy from an ear nose throat doctor. I will share these results with you. My doctor said I have mild or mild-to-mo...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You have only mucosal thickening in ethmoid and maxillary sinuses with open Ostia, which means sinusitis is there, and such cases are managed usually by conservative medical treatment. However, you have a reduced smelling sensation that should...  Read Full »

My symptoms of chronic sinusitis are worsening even after undergoing endoscopic surgery. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been experiencing chronic sinusitis for over six months now. The most prominent symptom is postnasal drip. I was diagnosed with allergies and secondary bacterial infection and had undergone endoscopic surgery a few weeks ago. Post-surgery, I was advised to take a five-day course ...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The most common reason for your symptoms is severe allergic rhinitis with associated sinusitis. Before I suggest the treatment, I will try to explain the cascade of events in a very simple manner below, even though it is not as simple as it looks. Exposure to dust o...  Read Full »

My symptoms started as sinus congestion, and now I have green phlegm. What does this mean?

Query: Hello doctor, My symptoms started as sinus congestion, a sore, and scratchy throat. Now I have developed green-cloudy phlegm, a persistent cough that sounds productive for a while and then dries for the rest of the day. I am experiencing cold sweats and wheezing in my chest when I lie on my back. I...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. The best way to treat this infection is a seven-day course with good antibiotics like Cefixime, Clavulanate, and Mucinac (Acetylcysteine) for mucus extraction. Also, I would suggest you get tests like a chest ...  Read Full »

I have chronic sinusitis and eustachian tube dysfunction. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29-year-old female and had eustachian tube dysfunction and chronic sinusitis (pressure on either side of my nose, congestion, brain fog, and headaches) for about eight months. I had allergy testing done which revealed allergies to mold and a few trees. I also had a CT scan which r...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per all your history and reports, it seems to be chronic rhinosinusitis with a deviated nasal septum to the left (attachments removed to protect patient's identity). As your symptoms are persistent in spite of all the medication, I feel surgery is the treatmen...  Read Full »

Can I get my sense of smell back after sinusitis, or will it be permanently damaged?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had symptoms of chronic sinusitis without polyps for 24 months now. My ENT said I had mild to moderate sinusitis. My symptoms were congestion, eustachian tube dysfunction, a weak sense of smell, postnasal drip, and severe pain. I have been using Budesonide rinses twice daily, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ranjit Peter

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Based on your clinical history and response to therapy, we can expect some improvement in the sense of smell. The fact that there is some sense of smell is favorable. However, it would be beneficial to know the status of your sinuses in terms of persi...  Read Full »

Please suggest treatment for chronic sinusitis.

Query: Hi doctor, I have chronic sinusitis. My father has it. It has developed into rhinosinusitis and he is unable to taste or smell now. How to prevent this from happening to me?   Read Full »

Dr. Radhika Shukla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to have allergic rhinitis. It typically occurs due to a hyper response to a certain material like dust. It presents with bouts of sneezing more at a specific time in a day. There are many other materials that can cause allergic rhinitis. They can cause itch...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to take antibiotics for sinusitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have recurring sinus infections, probably four or five per year on average. I had my COVID vaccine before one week and was sick for two to three days, but after that, I started having sinus pressure that was causing pain in my teeth. I went to the dentist to rule out an abscess. Today...  Read Full »

Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query in detail. Before one week, you had the COVID vaccine. After which you stated having symptoms of dental pain, for which you have been prescribed tablet Cephalexin. Also, the infection is moderate to severe. It is safe to take antibioti...  Read Full »

How can I get my smell back after a sinus infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had chronic sinusitis for 18 months now. My ENT said I do not have polyps and have a mild disease, but I have serious problems with my sense of smell. I do not have asthma or allergies, and my ENT said surgery is not necessary in my case. With my medical treatments, the vast major...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I will be with you in minutes.  Read Full »

Can a chronic sinus infection cause stuffy nose and headaches?

Query: Hi doctor, I think that I may have a chronic sinus infection. Before four months, I wake up and blew my nose. I had a yellow or greenish mucus with blood in the morning. I did not have any other symptoms except tiredness. I took Advil and seawater nasal spray. It lasted for a couple of weeks. Aft...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have a chronic allergic problem. Allergic rhinitis is an immune complex issue that is present innately and it starts to shows symptoms at a particular stage. It occurs when a foreign substance enters the nose. It causes a cascade of chemical events leading to na...  Read Full »

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