According to the NIH, 12.5% of adult women and men in America have been diagnosed with sinusitis, a painful condition that"s characterized by swollen, inflamed sinus tissues. The sinuses are cavities in your skull next to and around your eyes and nose. Your sinuses produce mucus to keep your nasal passages moist and to trap bacteria and other pathogens.
When your sinuses are overwhelmed by an infection, allergens, or other causes, you may develop symptoms that can last just a few days to weeks (acute sinusitis), from four to 12 weeks (subacute sinusitis) or for more than 12 weeks (chronic sinusitis). You can also develop recurrent sinusitis, which resolves, but then comes back several times within a year.
Treating chronic sinusitis is essential for your health and helps you avoid potentially serious complications. Though rare, untreated sinusitis may progress to potentially life-threatening conditions, including meningitis, brain abscess, and bone infection.
How do I know if I have chronic sinusitis?
If you have chronic sinusitis, you"ve had persistent symptoms for more than three months. Common symptoms of sinusitis include:
Facial pain or pressure
Runny or stuffed nose
Inability to smell
You may also feel fatigued and unable to comfortably complete your normal daily routine. If you suspect you have chronic sinusitis, come to Rose Family Practice and Urgent Care in Vancouver and Battle Ground, Washington. Our specialists determine the cause of your sinusitis and then develop a uniquely tailored treatment plan.
Self-help measures provide comfort
If you have a mild case of sinusitis without any underlying medical conditions, our specialists may recommend that you alleviate symptoms by using salt-water nasal flushes to dislodge infectious materials and subdue inflammation. They may also recommend an over-the-counter decongestant to open your nasal passages.
Discontinue the decongestant after three days, because this medication is not safe to use over the longer term. If your symptoms persist, call us at Rose Family Practice and Urgent Care.
Your sinuses are achy and inflamed. You've tried every remedy you know, but you either can't shake your sinusitis at all, or it keeps coming back again andQuoted From: https://www.rosemedicalgroups.org/blog/treatment-options-for-chronic-sinusitis
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