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What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis, also known as rhinosinusitis, describes inflammation and swelling of the sinus lining.
What are the symptoms of sinusitis?
Common signs and symptoms of sinusitis include tenderness or swelling in the face, pressure inside the head, especially around the forehead and eyes, yellow or green mucus in the nose, a reduced sense of smell and a feeling of being generally unwell. …
What causes sinusitis?
Sinusitis usually starts with a viral infection of the nose and sinuses, such as during a cold or the flu. The build-up of mucus during these infections is often enough to trigger an inflammation of the sinus linings.
Are there different types of sinusitis?
Sinusitis is classified as either acute or chronic. Acute sinusitis usually comes after a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu, with the symptoms lasting less than 4 weeks. In most cases, chronic sinusitis follows acute sinusitis; its symptoms …
How is sinusitis treated?
Most cases of sinusitis are short-term and tend to clear without treatment in 7-10 days. However, if the condition is long-term or symptoms deteriorate, treatment options could include self-care measures, such as salt water rinses, over-the-counter decongestants …
Is surgery an option for treatment of sinusitis?
For long-term or severe sinusitis, you could be referred to see an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist to discuss the possibility of surgery. Due to the risk of complications associated with any surgery, other treatment options are usually …
Is sinusitis contagious?
Although sinusitis itself is not contagious, the viruses and bacteria that commonly cause it generally are contagious. They can be spread by coming in contact with droplets of fluid from sneezes or coughs from infected people. Similarly, they can also be passed on …
Can sinusitis be prevented?
Sinusitis can be prevented by avoiding contact with people who have a cold or flu. Good hygiene habits, such as washing your hands and covering your mouth while coughing or sneezing, can also help to prevent the spread of viruses. Vaccinations against the flu …
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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 10 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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