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Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus cavities. Sometimes this condition occurs after a cold or upper respiratory tract infection and sinusitis symptoms appear to have the same pattern - nasal congestion and a runny nose. Also, a fever and facial pain or headache may be present.

Sinusitis is the most commonly reported chronic disease in the United States and can be a debilitating problem. The quality of life in patients with chronic sinusitis is worse than in those with congestive heart failure or back pain. In addition, the direct costs including office visits, medications, X-rays and surgery are in the billions of dollars. Left untreated, acute bacterial sinusitis may become very serious, as the infection can potentially spread from the nose to the eyes or brain.

For this reason, diagnosis and treatment of sinusitis by physicians with special knowledge of this condition is important. Symptoms or signs of sinusitis are often difficult to distinguish from those of a cold or allergies.

If you have more than three of the following symptoms, the SLUCare Comprehensive Sinus Clinic will use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to create an effective treatment plan:

  • Facial pressure or pain
  • Headache
  • Congestion and stuffy nose
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Thick, yellow-green nasal discharge
  • Cold symptoms lasting more than 10 days
  • Low-grade fever
  • Bad breath
  • Pain in the upper teeth

Because a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and managing sinusitis is frequently necessary, we established the Comprehensive Sinus Clinic, which brings together allergists, otolaryngologists and radiologists. Some of the tools we use include allergy testing and treatment, diagnostic sino-nasal endoscopy, advanced imaging techniques and computerized patient image records.

For patients who require surgery, we specialize in minimally invasive techniques, including endoscopic sinus surgery performed using state-of-the-art computer-navigation systems. This new technology allows our physicians to perform surgery safely and effectively.

In addition to holding continuing medical education programs on sinusitus and undertaking numerous clinical studies, we have published extensively in the area.Our well-renowned physicians are recognized as leaders in their fields. They conduct cutting-edge research on the use of new medications and surgical treatment options for patients with sinus related problems.

We are committed to diagnosing and caring for your condition and to making you feel better. Please contact the Comprehensive Sinus Clinic at (314) 977-4440 or (866) 977-4440 to schedule an appointment.