Chronic Sinusitis

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Definition

Chronic sinusitis is the inflammation of the mucous membranes in the sinuses causing fluid buildup that plugs the sinus cavity and prevents normal mucus drainage. The condition recurs or stays longer than 12 consecutive weeks.

Diagnosis

The symptoms of chronic sinusitis may be mistaken for those of colds or allergies making the condition difficult to diagnose. The doctor uses several methods to screen for chronic sinusitis such as nasal endoscopy, imaging studies, nasal and sinus cultures, and an allergy test.

Treatment

Doctors treat chronic sinusitis by clearing the nasal passages and eliminating the underlying cause. Such treatment may include antibiotics, corticosteroids, decongestants and antihistamines, moisture and humidification, and immunotherapy. Cases that resist medications may opt for endoscopic sinus surgery. Ballon rhinoplasty, which is a new treatment, may also be recommended.

Symptoms and Signs

Individuals with chronic sinusitis experience breathing difficulty through the nose, frequent headaches, and facial pain or pressure behind the eyes. They may also have frequent yellow or greenish discharge from their noses or drainage at the back of their throats.

Causes

Infection of the upper respiratory tract can cause chronic sinusitis. But there are also noninfectious triggers. Other causes are allergies, anatomical problems such as a deviated nasal septum, and mold or fungi.

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