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how long would sinusitis last?

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Dr. Alexander Gorup
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: If it clears uneventfully, maybe 7-10 days. However, it could last far longer if it fails to clear. This then becomes chronic sinusitis and demands additional therapy, possibly helped with surgery.

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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.
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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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A 18-year-old female asked:

What is the treatment for sinusitis and how long do symptoms last?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Depends on cause: Bacterial type of sinusitis is treated with antibiotics to kill bacteria in the sinuses, a decongestant (often a combination such as Claritin-D or Zyrtec-D), and a steroid nasal spray such as Nasonex or Flonase to shrink some of the swelling inside the nose so the sinuses can properly drain. Persistent bacterial sinusitis symptoms may need longer courses of antibiotics and an ENT doctor's exam.

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