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sinusitis numbness how long does it last?

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Dr. Prem Gupta
neurology 48 years experience
No numb. from sinusi: Sinusitis does not cause numbness. A persistent numbness of face or forehead needs further investigation. See aneurologist.

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Does the numbness after surgery improve? At what point can you assume any numbness is going to be permanent?

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Dr. Charles Metzger
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
6 monts to a year: Without more detail i cannot be sure as i don't know what type of surgery was done, but if you mean numbness around the scar, that recovers slowly over 6 months to a year. Anything after that is probably permanent. If there is a large area of numbess on the far side (distal side) of the incision, it could sometimes need further treatment if the area of numbness is large or debilitating.
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When is surgery needed to treat sinusitis?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Depends: Surgery is a treatment and not a cure for sinusitis. So if you have been on previous maximal medical therapy and not responded then surgery may be an option: indicated for 4 or more sinus infections per year or evidence of chronic sinusitis affecting life-style. The indications can vary so it is important to talk with your ENT surgeon. If you feel uncomfortable - get a second opinion.
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What is rhinosinusitis?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Inflammation: Rhino-sinusitis is an inflammatory process involving one or more of the paranasal sinuses that usually occurs after an allergic reaction or viral upper respiratory infection. In some cases, rhino-sinusitis may occur due to an increased production of bacteria on the surface of the sinus cavities.
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What is recurrent sinusitis?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Repeated infections: Recurrent sinusitis is repeated infections. A recurrent infection is one that is treated and symptoms resolve with a "re-start" weeks to months after the initial treatment. Chronic sinusitis is an infection that has lasted more than 8-12 weeks. Indications for surgery are: >= 4 infections/year or chronic sinusitis with symptoms and ct scan findings correlating with symptoms.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Will any changes in lifestyle be suggested during treatment for sinusitis?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Maybe: "allergy proofing your house" will be the first thing. Trying to elimanate allergen "sponges" like carpeting/rugs/stuffed animals/pillows, etc. Unfortunately, sometimes man's best friend has to go as well as cat's. Most pet owners will not let their pets go... So a good over the counter anti-histamine (claritin, zyrtec) is helpful or allergy shots.

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