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Sinusitis Specialist

Kevin Farnam, MD -  - Allergist

Adult and Children Allergy Asthma Center

Kevin Farnam, MD

Allergist located in Pasadena, CA

Sinusitis is a chronic problem for many people in the Pasadena, CA area. Kevin Farnam, MD, an allergist, has the treatment options that patients need at his practice Adult and Children Allergy Asthma Center.

Sinusitis Q & A

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a group of symptoms that includes nasal congestion, decreased sense of smell, pressure in the sinuses, and nasal discharge. People who suffer from 2 or more of these symptoms for a period of 12 weeks or longer have chronic sinusitis, while acute sinusitis is less than 12 weeks. People with chronic sinusitis have obvious inflammation within the sinus cavities when the doctor performs a sinus CT or does an exam using a nasal endoscope. People who suffer from sinusitis may also experience a cough, disturbances in sleep, pain in the teeth, pain in the jaw, ear pain, sore throat, bad breath, and dizzy spells.

Who Suffers From Sinusitis?

Around 13 percent of the total adult population in the United States suffers from chronic sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis is very often (in about 80 percent of cases) present at the same time as allergic rhinitis. Chronic sinusitis is most common in young adults and middle-aged adults, although it can happen in people of any age.

What Are the Types of Chronic Sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis is classified according to whether the patient has nasal polyps or not. While nasal polyps are benign growths, they can still cause sinus blockage. When a person has chronic sinusitis but doesn't have nasal polyps, the cause is usually a bacterial infection due to sinus drainage issues. When a person has chronic sinusitis along with nasal polyps, they may or may not have a bacterial infection. Dr. Farnam will determine which type of chronic sinusitis that the patient is dealing with before treatment begins, as the treatment approach can be different based on whether an infection is present or not. In some cases, antibiotics are needed to clear up an infection. The treatment for chronic sinusitis also often includes corticosteroid nasal sprays and may include oral corticosteroids in some cases.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Dr. Farnam's office, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
Excluding these specific plans: Blue Cross Select PPO Health Net Enhanced Care PPO

Aetna
Blue Cross
Blue Shield
Cigna
Health Net
Medicare
Tricare
United Healthcare