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Sinusitis

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.

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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

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
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue or irritability
  • Nausea

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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