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what happens if sinusitis isn't treated?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Quality of life: Complications ( brain abscess, vision loss) are possible with untreated sinusitis. Most cases of untreated sinusitis just lead to chronic sinusitis which can reduce a persons quality of life... Facial pain, pressure, discolored nasal discharge, post- nasal drainage... Etc.
Dr. David Wyatt
Dr. David Wyatt commented
Family Medicine 26 years experience
if sinus infection not treated appropriately - the bones that form the sinus cavities can get infected and bone infections take a LONG TIME to heal - or worse - can erode the bone. Also, repeated antibiotics that do not work or are not taken appropriately can increase the chance of a FUNGAL infection - which normal antibiotics ( which only work on bacteria -not fungi-) will not treat...
Nov 1, 2011
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
It is very rare for chronic sinusitis to erode bone.
Mar 15, 2013
Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Can be severe : Sinus infection can spread to the blood or brain and become much more serious problems.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is sinusitis?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Inflammation: Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses (in your head and face). It can be caused by infection or allergies, but usually a virus. Antibiotics don't have benefit for most people with sinusitis (they usually resolve on their own in 10-14 days). Things like neti pots, Ibuprofen and decongestants help with the symptoms. Antibiotics used improperly just cause yeast infections and resistant bugs.
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
I totally agree with the above for an acute sinusitis. If this problem persists or recurs then see your ENT doctor. A sinus opening problem, immune deficiency, allergy link, polyps or even a fungal infection could be the cause. Your ENT doctor will help if your problem is occurring more often. But if it’s new, please follow Dr Duchicela’s strong advice.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

How common is sinusitis?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Common: Sinusitis... Bacterial infection of the sinuses affects about 34 million people a year. Conservative medical treatment handles the vast majority of cases. At times surgical procedures like endoscopic sinus surgery or newer balloon technologies are used to open diseased sinuses.
A 20-year-old member asked:

Are there different types of sinusitis?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: We usually classify sinusitis by duration (acute, sub-acute, or chronic) and location (which sinuses are involved). Some people have fungal sinsutis which has some differences in how we treat it.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Who is qualified to treat sinusitis?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
PCP, ENT, Allergy: Your primary care doctor is a good place to start. They may need you to see an ENT or an allergist if you have any complications or issues related to your sinus infections.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Will an air purifier help with my sinusitis?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
It may: If you have allergies due to pollen, dust, or airbone particles, then an air purifier may help. A hepa grade filter system is best and it should be cleaned regularly. Once the airborne allergies are controlled, your sinuses may become easier to manage.

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