Sinusitis Specialist

Ebonee Lyons, DNP -  - Family Nurse Practitioner

Lyons Family Care

Ebonee Lyons, DNP

Family Nurse Practitioner located in Homewood, AL

Sinusitis causes a stuffy, blocked nose and headache that can negatively impact your quality of life. This common condition may go away in a few days, but a persistent infection could be a red flag for an underlying issue. Dr. Ebonee Lyons at Lyons Family Care offers thorough diagnosis and treatment for sinusitis. If you’re ready to breathe easier, call the practice in Hoover, Alabama, today or book a consultation online.

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What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a common condition caused by inflammation in your sinuses. Your sinuses are hollow pockets in the bones around your nose. When you have sinusitis, your sinuses become congested and inflamed. The inflammation is most commonly brought on by a bacterial or viral infection or by an allergy.

Sinusitis comes in two forms, acute and chronic.

Acute sinusitis

Acute sinusitis is a short-term infection that goes away in less than a month. Usually caused by a virus, acute sinusitis also occurs when the opening to your sinuses become blocked during a cold.

Chronic sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis last more than 90 days. Your risk of having chronic sinusitis increases if the condition runs in your family history. Other factors that increase your risk include nasal polyps, chronic allergies, and exposure to smoke, airborne pollution, and other environmental irritants.

What are the symptoms of sinusitis?

Both acute and chronic sinusitis produce many of the same symptoms, such as:

  • Yellow or green nasal discharge
  • Headaches and feelings of facial pressure
  • Stuffy, congested, or blocked nose
  • Pain, tenderness, and swelling over your affected sinus
  • Decreased sense of smell
  • Bad breath
  • Coughing, especially at night

Acute sinusitis tends to cause more pain than chronic sinusitis.

How is sinusitis diagnosed?

If you’re showing the signs of sinusitis, such as discharge or a stuffy, blocked nose, Dr. Lyons will be able to diagnose you quickly. If she suspects an underlying complication or you have prolonged sinus symptoms, she may recommend a CT scan of your sinuses.

How is sinusitis treated?

At Lyons Family Care, Dr. Lyons will recommend a treatment plan that’s right for you. Since viruses cause most cases of acute sinusitis, the goal is to alleviate your symptoms, improve sinus drainage, and cure the infection.

Dr. Lyons may recommend applying wet, hot towels to your sinuses and inhaling steam to release blocked mucus and open your sinuses. Pain relievers, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen, can treat a headache, facial pain, and fever.

Depending on your condition, she may recommend:

  • Azithromycin: Commonly known as a Z-pack, an antibiotic to alleviate pain and fever and prevent respiratory infections
  • Nasal sprays: To shrink swollen nasal membranes
  • Nasal steroids: Products like Flonase or Beconase can alleviate nasal inflammation

Other factors, including asthma, allergies, and nasal polyps can trigger sinusitis, and may make it worse unless those underlying conditions are treated. Dr. Lyons will discuss whether you need additional care for your sinus condition.

For the right treatment for your sinusitis, call today or schedule a consultation online with Lyons Family Care.