Acute Sinusitis

Below you will find more information about Acute Sinusitis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Acute Sinusitis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Acute Sinusitis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Acute Sinusitis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Acute sinusitis is characterized by the inflammation of the nose and nasal passages that interferes with the normal drainage of the mucus in the sinuses. This causes difficulty in breathing with the throbbing sensation across the face, accompanied by headaches, and nagging coughs.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of acute sinusitis typically involves a study of the patient's medical history, conducting a physical examination, and perhaps using imaging studies as well as laboratory tests to get a definitive diagnosis. A CT scan can also be used to accurately pinpoint the areas of the inflammation.

Treatment

In most cases, the sinusitis will eventually subside without any need for antibiotics. However common treatment methods include, treating the allergy, use of decongestants, saline solution spray and antibiotics.

Symptoms and Signs

Signs and symptoms associated with acute sinusitis may include fever, facial pain, nasal congestion, erythema, dental pain, cough, bad breath, nausea and sore throat.

Causes

Sinusitis usually develops when the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract including the pharynx, nose, throat, and sinuses becomes inflamed. This swelling will obstruct the openings of the sinus and prevent the mucus from draining naturally; creating a moist environment that makes it susceptible to infection. The primary cause of sinusitis is typically viral in nature, such as that of the common cold virus. Other triggers include allergies, a deviated nasal septum, nasal polyps and other medical complications.

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