When you come to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, our first step is listening to what you need, formally diagnosing what might be wrong and teaming with you to select a treatment plan that improves your life. People who are experiencing sinus infections or sinusitis will receive the best care available customized to their specific needs. Our experts, trained by experts, will offer sinus treatment options that may include:

  • Nonsurgical options
  • Minimally invasive approaches
  • In-office procedures
  • Revision surgery

At Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, we’re proud to be a regional and national referral center for the sinus treatment of patients with complex conditions. We treat a broad range of conditions, from nasal obstruction and rhinosinusitis to complicated cases involving the nose, sinuses and anterior skill base.

We’ve received some of our highest accolades for our care among those most vulnerable. Our team members have been acknowledged nationally for their expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of sinus-related disorders, as well as the care of patients who are immunocompromised.

And if your sinus concerns are related to allergies, we have nationally recognized experts in allergy care at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

What to know about sinus infections (sinusitis)

Sinus infections are based on how a person’s unique nasal structure and genetics interact with the environment and other factors. An infection, or swelling, leads to a stuffy, congested or runny nose; postnasal drip; discolored mucus; pain or pressure; and a decreased sense of smell.

Sinus infection treatment often includes medications such as steroids, antihistamines and antibiotics.

Sinus headache treatment may also include a saline nasal spray and applying a warm compress to painful areas of the face.

Sinus conditions we treat at Ohio State

Allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)

AFS (allergic fungal sinusitis) is a reaction that is understood to be caused by fungi present in the environment. In most cases, a combination of medical therapy and surgery is necessary to treat the problem.

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak

If the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord tears or punctures, spinal fluid can leak and cause infection and further complications.

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Inverting papilloma

This type of tumor, which grows downward into underlying tissue, may occur in the nose or sinuses, causing symptoms similar to those caused by sinusitis. The treatment for this generally includes surgery. In most cases, surgical removal of theses tumors is achieved through the nostrils with a small scope.

Nasal polyposis

Nasal polyps are noncancerous growths of soft tissue that develop in the nose and sinuses. The cause of nasal polyps is unknown, but they are associated with chronic inflammation. Sometimes, this condition is associated with other inflammatory disorders, such as asthma.

Recurrent sinusitis treatment despite previous surgery

Our fellowship-trained surgeons are experts in revision endoscopic sinus surgery for patients who have symptoms even after previous medical or surgical therapy. We use minimally invasive techniques, when possible, to improve symptoms related to sinus problems.


Rhinosinusitis is an inflammatory condition of the nose and sinuses.

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