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A 48-year-old member asked:

should i go to er for chronic sinusitis?

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Dr. Ivan Ip
Dr. Ivan Ip answered
Hospital-based practice 13 years experience
No...: unless there is acute changes in your symptoms and/or pain level. the ER is not really equipped to handle chronic problems, but rather, it is designed for emergency cases.
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
I would not: Chronic sinusitis is an inflammation by definition that has been present for at least 90 days and at that point an antibiotic is unlikely to be of any help. If you mean acute sinusitis, it is most likely that you will be placed blindly on an antibiotic. With the tremendous increase in antibiotic resistant bacteria, the indiscriminate use of an antibiotic in the absence of a culture is not good

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A 22-year-old member asked:

What is chronic sinusitis?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Chronic inflammation: The lining to the sinuses is specialized to produce mucous. There are also microscopic "hair cells" called cilia that move the mucous to the sinus opening so it can drain. Chronic sinusitis is injury to the sinus lining (repeat infections or one long one) that damages the sinuses ability to do what it normally does. This promotes infection and blockage. Pain and stuffiness result.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How can you address chronic sinusitis?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Reduce inflammation: The only way to get rid 1 reduce inflammation 2keep your nasal passages draining 3 eliminate the underlying cause 4reduce the number of flare ups you can be prescribed following medicines 1 nasal corticisteroids to reduce inflamation 2saline nasal irrigation 3oral/injectable steroids 4 oral decongestants if not contraindicated 5antibiotics sometimes if bacterial for14da 6 i mmunotherapy 7 surgery.
A 59-year-old male asked:

How to manage the chronic sinusitis?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Depends: Chronic sinusitis treatment is comples. First is sinus hygiene with daily saline washes, but also undestanding the extent of the disease with a ct scan and underlying triggers, such as allergies. Recommend seeing an allergist for testing and evaluation.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
And an ENT physician to evaluate and consider the possible necessity for surgery.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

I want to go to ER for chronic sinusitis?

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Dr. James Rochester
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Er for Sinuses: Not a great idea. ER's are to evaluate and treat emergencies. You will most likely not find out what is truly wrong with you. Will be given an antibiotic you probably do not need and be rather frustated by the whole experience. As long as you have no medical reasons not to take them, an OTC pain reliver per label directions, a decongestant by label directions and OTC allergy med a good start.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

Is chronic sinusitis a common disease?

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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Not common but: Not rare either. In my own patient population (most of them have allergic or immune problem), chronic sinusitis accounts for about 1% of the visits. The incidence is likely much lower in the general population. If you do have it and the CT did not show obstruction at the sinus openings (ostia), you should consider getting an allergy and possibly an immune evaluation.

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