Sinusitis is the inflammation of one or more of the sinuses that drain into the nose. In children, a common cold or viral infection is the most common event that may lead to a sinus infection. Also, foreign bodies, such as food or a toy, pushed into the nose, may cause a nasal infection.
When a viral infection begins, the lining of the sinuses becomes swollen, blocking the passage where normal sinus mucus drains. This results in a backup of mucus that cannot get out of the sinuses. When this mucus remains in the sinuses too long, it can become infected. This secondary infection can produce further inflammation and worsening or prolonging of nasal symptoms.
The symptoms of acute sinusitis may include:
- General fatigue
- Nasal congestion
- Pain or pressure in face and sinuses
- Runny nose with thick drainage (bacterial infections are suspected with progressive to persistent discolored drainage)
Why Choose UHealth?
Highly specialized rhinology doctors. The experts at University of Miami Health are here to help you breathe easier, smell better, and rest better with an accurate diagnosis and leading edge treatments in a compassionate setting. Our fellowship-trained providers specialize in the nasal airway, and our rhinology specialists have completed specialized training in nasal and sinus disorders. They have dedicated their clinical and research careers to caring for nasal and sinus disorders.
Our academic health center provides you with more treatment options. Our ENT specialists are experts in the field of rhinology. As part of an academic health center, we are proud to offer breakthrough treatments not available to other facilities in South Florida. We also offer our patients early access to clinical trials and new medical and procedural treatments. We provide comprehensive care for a wide array of rhinologic conditions, backed by expertise, research, and education.