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Sinusitis


Your sinuses are cavities within the bones that surround the nose. They produce mucus that drains into the nose. When sinuses become inflamed, it can result in sinusitis, an incredibly uncomfortable condition. Sinusitis comes in several varieties that depend on duration. Acute sinusitis lasts up to four weeks, subacute sinusitis four to 12 weeks, and chronic sinusitis longer than 12 weeks. If you experience several sinusitis attacks within a year, it is considered recurrent. It is important to identify the duration of your sinusitis because treatment varies depending on the type of sinusitis you are experiencing. 

The causes of sinusitis range from allergies to infection. Sometimes certain nasal problems can cause your sinuses to become inflamed. The common cold can cause sinusitis as well as conditions like nasal polyps or immune deficiencies. Usually, some sort of infection is at fault.

If you have come in contact with anybody with a common cold, if there is a known outbreak of certain infections in your geography, or if you have allergies, you are at higher risk for sinusitis. In addition, if you have an immune deficiency of some kind or are taking medications that decrease the ability of your immune system to fight infection, your risk for sinusitis is increased.

Sinusitis often causes congestion and pain in your sinuses and face, as well as nasal blockage and postnasal drip, where mucus from your nose drains into the back of your throat. Because the sinuses are cavities in the bones around your nose and above your mouth, when they become inflamed it may result in pressure on your teeth and gums. Other symptoms associated with sinusitis can include a loss of smell, general stuffiness, and a runny nose. Sometimes, people feel feverish, fatigued, achy, or develop a cough on top of the sinusitis. Headaches usually arise from sinusitis and can range from mild to severe.

Often, the treatment you are prescribed is intended to address the underlying cause of the sinusitis, such as antibiotics that deal with the viral infection that is causing the inflammation. In order to treat the symptoms of sinusitis, a number of pain relievers and decongestants are available, including oral medications, nasal saline sprays and nasal irrigation. It should be noted, however, that MDProactive will under no circumstances provide narcotic pain relievers or prescriptions for such drugs to any patient. Portable vaporizers and humidifiers for your home may also help clear up the nasal passages, as well as other over-the-counter decongestant treatments.

If you are experiencing congestion, facial pain, and/or a runny nose, you may be experiencing sinusitis and should get treatment right away. Speak with one of our doctors now for proper diagnosis and treatment!



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