Patients with acute sinusitis may have inflammation often caused by a virus, while those with chronic sinusitis have similar symptoms that typically last greater than 12 weeks. “It’s still a real mystery as to why the disease develops like this and why it’s primarily an adult disease,” says Dr. Schneider, who offers patients relief through a thorough evaluation of their history, nasal anatomy, and clinical data.
One thing Dr. Schneider does caution people about is that although over-the-counter decongestants and pain relievers may cause temporary relief, they often lose efficacy if used over time. For many chronic sinusitis sufferers, prescription medications, such as nasal or oral steroids, can help, and in some cases, surgery may be necessary. “As with everything in medicine and science, there are better anti-inflammatory treatments for chronic sinusitis today than five years ago, and there will be improvements in the future,” he adds.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schneider or any physician at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, call 314.542.WEST (9378).