Sinusitis and Treatment
Sinusitis is a condition in which the membranes lining your nose and sinuses become swollen and inflamed. The swelling obstructs the sinus openings and inhibits normal mucus draining. The result is a build-up of mucus and pressure.
Sinusitis affects 37 million people each year, making it more prevalent than heart disease and asthma.
TYPES OF SINUSITIS
- Chronic-The sinuses become inflamed and swollen for at least eight weeks, despite treatment attempts.
- Acute- Acute sinusitis is a temporary bacterial infection of the sinuses often associated with a cold. (If you experience 4 or more episodes of acute sinusitis per year, you could have Recurrent Acute Sinusitis)
Symptoms of sinusitis include:
- Nasal obstruction or congestion, causing difficulty breathing through your nose
- Sinus headache
- Drainage of a thick, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat
- Pain, tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
- Reduced sense of smell and taste
- Ear pain
- Aching in the upper jaw and teeth
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
- Fatigue or irritability
While acute and chronic sinusitis have similar symptoms, there are a number of differentiating factors:
- Symptoms of chronic sinusitis last longer (more than eight weeks) and often cause more significant fatigue.
- Fever is more commonly associated with acute sinusitis.
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
Schedule an appointment if you experience:
- Recurrent sinusitis that does not respond to treatment
- Sinusitis symptoms that last more than 5 to 7 days
- Symptoms that don’t get better after you see your doctor
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