What Is Sinusitis?

01.22.2019

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Sinusitis, or rhinosinusitis, is a condition where infection or inflammation affects the sinuses. Sinuses are small, hollow cavities within the cheekbones, around the eyes and behind the nose. They produce mucus which drains into the nose through small channels. When this drainage process is blocked by inflammation and air from the nose cannot enter the sinuses, an infection can occur. This causes mucus and pus to build up in the sinus cavities and nose.

Acute Sinusitis vs. Chronic Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis is an inflammation or infection of the lining of the sinuses, and usually happens in conjunction with the common cold. “Acute” means it develops quickly and lasts a short time. In most cases, acute sinusitis will resolve on its own without medical treatment. However, in some cases, a bacterial infection develops.

Chronic sinusitis usually develops after an acute sinusitis infection. “Chronic” means the infection lasts at least eight weeks. If you have allergies, your risk for developing chronic sinusitis increases. Seasonal allergies make the sinuses more prone to infection by causing swelling of the nasal tissues and blocking drainage of the sinus channels, creating a place for bacteria to grow.

Symptoms of Sinusitis

Whether the infection is acute or chronic, sinusitis symptoms are generally the same, although symptoms of chronic sinusitis tend to be milder. Symptoms may vary from adults to children. These symptoms include:

  • Nasal stuffiness & discharge
  • Pressure & tenderness in the face
  • Loss of smell
  • Headache
  • Cough which may worsen at night
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Toothache
  • Bad breath

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Get Treatment for Sinusitis & Allergies at RediClinic

If you are worried about your symptoms, head to RediClinic for prompt and professional treatment of sinusitis. If your sinusitis symptoms are allergy-related, it’s important to avoid activities and places that may aggravate the symptoms. Your board-certified RediClinic clinician can also help you treat allergies with medications or allergy steroid shots to help prevent the development of recurring sinusitis.

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