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can sinusitis be caused by air pollution?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: If the air pollution causes inflammation of the nasal cavity and sinuses... Then yes it can cause sinusitis. It is not a typical cause and if you are having recurrent episodes, i would explore other causative factors.
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Absolutely: Any airborne irritant, including allergens and pollutants can trigger a sinus infection. If you live in an area with bad pollution, consider using saline rinses in you nose daily or more often.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What bacteria cause sinusitis?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Many different ones: Acute sinusitis is usually caused by some bacteria and chronic sinusitis is often cause by different ones. Oftentimes the infection may have more than one bacteria. The exact bacteria isn't generally important in acute sinusitis, as they usually respond well to typical antibiotics. If you have chronic sinusitis your ENT may recommend a culture of your nose to further investigate things.
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Is there a way to treat sinusitis without antibiotics?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: The goal is to decongest the sinuses and to help expel the excess mucus. Nasal irrigations, decongestants (oral and nasal sprays), steroids, (oral and nasal sprays), mucolytics, and allergy meds, such as antihistamines (only use if you have allergies) are very useful.Other than the steroids, you can find all these medications/treatments over-the-counter. See a doctor if not better in several days.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How does a physician determine the best treatment for acute or chronic sinusitis?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Depends: Both can be treated with antibiotics and steroids. Trying to determine the underlying cause: allergies or anatomic narrowing should be addressed. Sometimes the best option is surgery. Surgery can be done in a traditional fashion or with newer balloon technology like angioplasty... Balloon sinuplasty.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the purpose of sinusitis surgery?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Restoration: The purpose of surgery in sinusitis is 1) remove infection if present 2) allow for air to circulate in the cavity 3) remove any anatomic blockage that is promoting infection.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Can sinusitis be treated with flagyl?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Depending on the type of organism causing sinusitis. Flagyl, though, is not a first line drug.

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