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An Overview of Sinusitis

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining caused by bacteria, viral and / or microbial infections; as well as structural issues like blockages of the sinus opening (ostium).  If the sinus opening (ostium) is closed,normal mucus drainage may not occur - this condition may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses.

Front and Profile of Sinus Cavities

What are the different types of sinusitis?

There are two main categories of sinusitis: acute and chronic.  Sinusitis is usually preceded by a cold, allergy attack or irritation from environmental pollutants.  Often, the resulting symptoms, such as nasal pressure, nasal congestion, a "runny nose," and fever, run their course in a few days.  However, if symptoms persist, a bacterial infection or acute sinusitis may develop.  If sinusitis occurs frequently or lasts three months or longer, it may be chronic sinusitis.

What are  the treatments for chronic sinusitis?

The most frequently used treatments for chronic sinusitis are medical therapies and/or conventional sinus surgery.  Medical therapy treatment offers a choice between sprays, antibiotics, steroids, and others, while conventional sinus surgical devices and the new Balloon Sinuplasty™ system of devices. 

What are the symptoms of sinusitis?
Common symptoms may include:

  • Facial pain, pressure
  • Nasal congestion or fullness
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
  • Teeth pain
  • Loss of the sense of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath

If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms-call today for more information or to schedule an appointment!


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