Sinusitis is a kind of inflammation of the body tissues which line the sinuses in your skull. Sinuses are located behind your cheekbones, between your eyes, and in your forehead. The sinuses make the mucus content that keeps the nasal cavity humid. This helps in the prevention of pollutants, allergens, and other dust particles.
Around 35 million US citizens alone have sinus infections at least once a year.
The Signs and Symptoms of Sinusitis
The symptoms of an acute sinus infection include the following:
- Pressure or pain in the face
- Stuffy or congested nose
- Runny nose
- Anosmia or loss of smell
- Persistent cough
- Bad breath
- Pain in teeth and gums
- Thick, yellow, or green nasal discharge
For chronic sinus infection that lasts for 12 weeks or more, the symptoms are stated as below:
- Heaviness in the face or feeling of congestion
- Nasal obstruction or blockage
- Nasal cavity having pus
- Postnasal discharge of no color
Tooth pain, bad breath, and headache are also some symptoms that come with a chronic sinus infection.
The Causes of Sinusitis
- Swelling in the nose from a common cold
- Obstructed drainage ducts
- The anatomical difference which narrows the ducts
- Polyps in the nasal cavity
- Immune system problems which suppress your immunity
In pediatric patients, the symptoms are as under:
- Illness got from other kids
- Improper position of drinking from a bottle
- Passive smoking
The Treatment Options for Sinusitis
If you contract a sinus infection, your physician might prescribe you a saline nasal wash or a decongestant. It is important you use a decongestant for no more than three days as overuse may lead to more congestion in the end. A course of antibiotics is also given for 10 to 14 days. These symptoms are cured by taking the medications. You may also be recommended to take nasal steam as a way to fight a chronic sinus infection.
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