Contributor: Anthony A. Prince, MD is an otolaryngologist (ears, nose and throat) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).
Along with warmer weather and longer days, spring brings allergies and colds – often the cause of sinusitis, commonly known as a sinus infection.
Sinuses are air-filled cavities near the nasal passage that can become infected in the setting of an upper respiratory infection, cold, or allergic inflammation. This is called sinusitis. Each of these conditions can lead to an obstruction or inflammation in the openings of the sinuses, blocking the normal flow of nasal secretions and allowing bacteria to grow and cause infection.
“It’s important to pay attention to any symptoms you may be experiencing and seek treatment,” says Brigham and Women’s ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist Dr. Anthony A. Prince. “Sinusitis may be the result of an underlying condition and can become chronic.”