Sinusitis Specialist

ERgent Med

Immediate Care & Primary Care located in Brunswick, GA & St. Simons Island, GA

Sinusitis affects nearly 30 million Americans every year. At ERgent Med, Michael Hamm, DO, and Robin Bassett, NP-C, offer expert diagnosis and treatment to patients living in or around Brunswick, Georgia. Through comprehensive care and highly effective treatment options, Dr. Hamm can successfully restore the health of your sinuses and help you resume your daily activities comfortably. Book an appointment with ERgent Med today by phone or online.

Sinusitis Q & A

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis refers to when there is inflammation in the lining of the sinuses.

The sinuses are air-filled cavities that lie behind your forehead and cheekbones. In most cases, a viral infection causes sinusitis. It often disappears within three weeks.

When your sinuses function correctly, they produce mucus that drains into your nose. If you’re suffering from sinusitis, the channels in your nose that let the mucus out are blocked because of inflammation.

There are two main types of sinusitis:

  • Acute sinusitis: symptoms last less than four weeks
  • Chronic sinusitis: symptoms last more than 12 weeks

Dr. Hamm works to address acute sinusitis promptly to avoid the development of a chronic condition. 

What are the symptoms of sinusitis?

The symptoms of sinusitis vary according to the type of sinusitis you’re suffering from.

If you have acute sinusitis, symptoms might include:

  • Cloudy or colored nose drainage
  • Stuffy and congested nose
  • Pain and pressure in the face, head, and around the eyes
  • Continuous cold symptoms

When these symptoms don’t stop after 12 weeks, you might be suffering from chronic sinusitis. In this case, symptoms include all of the above in addition to the loss of smell and thickened mucus in the nose.

How do you treat sinusitis?

There are many types of treatments for sinusitis. Dr. Hamm recommends you start using a nasal decongestant spray to relieve symptoms for the short-term. If your sinusitis isn’t severe, the spray should significantly minimize your symptoms, if not eliminate them.

Make sure not to use these sprays for more than three consecutive days. Overuse can actually exaggerate your symptoms.

Dr. Hamm recommends a steroidal nasal spray when a traditional spray won’t fix your symptoms. These sprays don’t have a usage limit. You can use them as long as Dr. Hamm recommends them.

Dr. Hamm might also suggest antihistamines to help reduce the inflammation of your sinus lining. Ask him about Sudafed®, Zyrtec®, Allegra®, or Claritin®.

Certain conditions make nasal decongestants unsafe, such as high blood pressure, prostate problems, and glaucoma. In these cases, Dr. Hamm can recommend nasal irrigation or antibiotics to help with the inflammation.

Get in touch with Dr. Hamm by phone or online today to book an appointment and get your sinusitis under control.