Sinusitis / Chronic Sinusitis

Sinusitis means your sinuses are infected or inflamed. Your sinuses are hollow air spaces within the bones surrounding the nose. They produce mucus, which drains into the nose. If your nose is swollen, this can block the sinuses and cause pain and infection. Sinusitis can be acute, lasting for less than four weeks, or chronic, lasting much longer. Acute sinusitis often starts as a cold, which then turns into a bacterial infection. Allergies, pollutants, nasal problems and certain diseases can also cause sinusitis.

Common Symptoms of Sinusitis

  • Low grade fever

  • Weakness

  • Fatigue

  • Cough and congestion in addition to bad breath or loss of smell

  • Generally not feeling well

  • Headache

  • Pressure like pain behind the eyes, over the eyebrows, facial tenderness, or toothache

  • Nasal congestion and discharge

  • Sore throat

  • Postnasal drip

Non-Surgical Treatment Options For Chronic Sinusitis

Initial treatment options include antibiotics, decongestants and pain relievers. Using heat pads on the inflamed area, saline nasal sprays and vaporizers can also help. Read more tips on non-surgical treatment options for sinusitis.

Surgical Options For Chronic Sinusitis

When non-surgical treatment options and medication fails, surgery may be the only alternative for treating chronic sinusitis. The goal of surgery is to improve sinus drainage and reduce blockage of the nasal passages.

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