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presion in sinus, what can be if isn't sinusitis ?

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Dr. Mark Loury
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Need more info: Not sure, what " presion" is and where the sensation is. Forehead, mid face, between the eyes, temples? Sinus headache is often confused with migraine.

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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.
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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.
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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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