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Acute Sinusitis: A Guide To Effective Treatment.

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Acute Sinusitis is a short-term inflammation of the membranes surrounding the sinuses.

As per AAOS, this condition affects around 1 in 8 adults per year. [1]

  • Requires physical examination for polyps, tumours, inflammation or other abnormalities.
  • Requires lab testing like nasal endoscopy, CT scan or MRI.
  • Can happen to both men and women.

If you have stuffy nose with pressure near eyes, cheekbones and forehead, then you have acute sinusitis. It is often caused by viruses, bacteria, fungus, infected adenoids, intranasal allergies, fungal infections or bacterial infections. In rare cases, an infected tooth can also cause sinusitis.

Ages affected: Common in people after the age of 6 years.

What are the symptoms of acute sinusitis?

  • Thick yellow, green mucus discharge from the nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Fever, fatigue and bad breath
  • Toothache
  • Headache
  • Tenderness, pressure or pain behind the eyes, forehead or nose
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste

Treatment

Self-care: Use warm cloth to ease pain or a humidifier to keep the air moist. Also, drink plenty of fluids and sleep with your head elevated. Steaming is also effective to clear the nasal passages and help the patient breathe better.

Surgery: It is performed to clean and drain your sinuses or remove tumours/polyps.

Medicines: Pain relievers or antibiotics are prescribed by doctors. Also, nasal sprays might be prescribed by the doctor to clear nasal passage.

Specialists: In case of acute sinusitis, it is better to consult an ENT for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

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