Sinusitis Treatment

Our Approach

At, we follow the established clinical guidelines for treating sinusitis. Our first line treatment is medical therapy—which may include a range of medications designed to address your particular illness and symptoms.

Depending on your needs, Dr. Prasad and Dr. Tompkins may recommend:

Nasal steroids

Nasal steroid sprays can decrease the swelling in the mucous membrane lining of the sinuses, which can help temporarily relieve symptoms. Some of our patients are reluctant to take medications containing steroids. Steroids can have side effects when taken over a longer period of time. You can find out more about steroid sprays in the package insert, or discuss possible side effects during your visit to our offices in MD, DC or VA.

Nasal saline irrigation

Nasal saline irrigation is a trusted method for clearing irritants such as pollen, mold spores, dust, and other allergens from the mucosa that lines the nasal cavity and sinuses. It is also useful for clearing mucous associated with chronic rhinosinusitis and relieving symptoms of acute viral and bacterial infections.

Decongestant nasal drops

Decongestant nose drops or nasal sprays aim to soothe the mucous membranes and reduce swelling. This temporary treatment may make it easier to breathe through your nose. However, side effects seen with chronic use limit these medications to short-term therapy.


Antihistamines play a critical role in the treatment of allergic symptoms. These medications are available in pill and spray formulations. Seasonal and year-round allergies may be treated with antihistamines or allergy shots.

Antibiotics and sinusitis

If sinus inflammation has led to the development of a bacterial infection, we may prescribe antibiotics to deal with symptoms related to that infection.

Advanced therapy

Balloon sinuplasty and endoscopic sinus surgery represent advanced therapeutic interventions, which you may be a candidate for based on the extent of your sinus disease. Dr. Prasad and Dr. Tompkins assess each patient and tailor the therapeutic interventions based on their individual needs.