Sinus Infections or Sinusitis

Sinusitis, or sinus infections affects approximately 37,000,000 Americans each year…

Sinusitis, or sinus infections affects approximately 37,000,000 Americans each year and you could be one of them. Sinusitis is an inflammation in the tissue that lines the sinuses, or the connected system of hollow cavities in front of the skull.

Sinus infections are caused when bacteria or a virus infect the sinus cavity, causing irritation and inflammation. This results in increased mucus production, which yields congestion, discomfort, sneezing and headaches.  Sinusitis can also cause fevers, fatigue, dental pain and halitosis.

Acute sinusitis is usually infectious in origin and typically lasts for a week or two. More severe cases, or Chronic Sinusitis, is inflammatory and can last for over a month. There are many causes of chronic sinusitis, but one of the most common causes is allergic disease.

Treating sinus infections depends on the severity.  Over the counter decongestants, nasal sprays and saline drops are all good options for immediate relief.  A hot compress or inhaling steam from a vaporizer or pot of boiling water is also a solution to help break up mucus blockage.

For more severe cases a nasal endoscopy could be necessary, and antibiotic medication could be prescribed.

Understanding the root of your sinusitis is critical to preventing future discomfort. Sinusitis can be reoccurring and delaying treatment may result in preventable discomfort.  In severe cases, untreated sinusitis can lead to infections in the bone, brain abscesses or meningitis.

If you feel you are suffering from sinusitis, make sure to schedule an appointment.

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