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

The sinuses become inflamed and swollen for at least eight weeks, despite treatment attempts.

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
  • Nausea
  • Sore throat
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste
  • Ear pain
  • Aching in the upper jaw and teeth
  • Cough
  • Drainage of a thick, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue or irritability
  • Pain, tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead

When to see a doctor

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, while fever is more commonly associated with acute sinusitis.

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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