Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic
1535 Gull Road Suite 205-B
Kalamazoo, MI 49048 |

Ear, Nose & Throat

Chronic Sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis is a common condition, typically caused by allergies, in which the sinuses become inflamed and swollen, which interferes with nasal drainage and causes mucus build-up. People with chronic sinusitis may find it difficult to breathe through their nose. Additionally, the areas around the eyes and face may feel swollen, and throbbing facial pain or a headache may be felt. Chronic sinusitis can be caused by infection, growths in the sinuses (nasal polyps) or by a deviated septum. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms of chronic sinusitis may last more than 12 weeks and can consist of the following:

  • Facial congestion/fullness
  • Nasal obstruction/blockage
  • Pus in the nasal cavity
  • Fever
  • Nasal discharge/discolored postnasal drainage
  • Headaches
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue
  • Dental pain