Anne Arundel ENT -  - Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor

Robert Baxter Meek, III, MD

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor & Otolaryngologist located in Annapolis, MD

Sinusitis Specialist

Sinusitis symptoms, including congestion, headaches, fever, and even dental pain, make it difficult to go about your daily activities. For nearly 30 million adults in the US, and many children, sinusitis is chronic. At Anne Arundel ENT, located in Annapolis, Maryland, board certified otolaryngologist Dr. Robert Baxter Meek, III, uses state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and treatments to remedy chronic sinusitis.

Sinusitis Q & A

by Robert Baxter Meek, III, MD

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection, is an inflammation of the sinus lining generally caused by bacterial, viral, or structural issues of the nose. When this occurs, mucus doesn't drain properly. Instead, the result is a stuffy nose and a buildup of mucus around the eyes and face.Sinusitis symptoms, including congestion, headaches, fever, and even dental pain, make it difficult to go about your daily activities. For nearly 30 million adults in the US, and many children, sinusitis is chronic. At Anne Arundel ENT, located in Annapolis, Maryland, board certified otolaryngologist Dr. Robert Baxter Meek, III, uses state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and treatments to remedy chronic sinusitis.

What are the different types of sinusitis?

There are two main types of sinusitis:

  • Acute sinusitis, which lasts less than four weeks, and is typically triggered by a viral infection or allergies.
  • Chronic sinusitis lasts between 4-12 weeks, or even longer, and is likely to be associated with structural issues, such as a deviated septum or polyps.  

What are the most common symptoms of a sinus infection?

Symptoms typically include one or more of the following:

  • Facial pain, pressure
  • Pain in the upper jaw or teeth
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Excessive yellow or green mucus discharge from the nose
  • Inability to smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Halitosis
  • Coughing at night
  • Nausea

How does Dr. Meek diagnose sinusitis?

Dr. Meek always begins by taking a medical history and detailed account of each patient’s symptoms, followed by a physical examination. Chronic nasal congestion (sinusitis) is evaluated with the aid of a 3D CT scan, nasal endoscopy, and cultures, when necessary.

How does Dr. Meek treat sinusitis?

Standard, first-line treatments for sinus infections include: antibiotics, decongestants, pain relievers, saline irrigations, topical corticosteroids, steroid irrigations, and oral steroids. However, for those who suffer chronic sinus infections, more aggressive therapy is recommended. Dr. Meek offers the most advanced options that provide long-term relief, such as Balloon Sinuplasty. This is a relatively new, minimally-invasive procedure in which a flexible balloon is inserted into the sinus cavity via a catheter and inflated to enlarge and restructure the sinus opening to improve blocked drainage. This procedure is safe and can provide long-lasting effects. 

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Anne Arundel ENT, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

AARP
Aetna
Blue Choice Health Plan
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Medicare
Tricare
United Healthcare
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Healthgrades

    "I have absolutely nothing but wonderful things to say about Dr Meek and his staff!"

    Christina Z.
  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. Meek was very kind & courteous, friendly, professional, knowledgeable and reassuring. His staff were always courteous."

    Barbara G.
  • Vitals

    "Dr. Meek and everyone who works in his office are wonderful. If you are looking for an ENT in the Annapolis area, I would suggest going to Dr. Meek over anyone else."

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Location
Anne Arundel ENT
600 Ridgely Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-943-2087
Fax: 410-573-5910
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