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Acute On Chronic Sinusitis
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Acute or chronic: If you have acute over chronic sinusitis, you need to see how bad your sinuses are affected and what are your triggers. See an allergist, get tested for allergies and they will recommend if you need to have a ct scan and also refer you at an ENT if they think surgery would help. ...Read more
Been diagnosed with acute/chronic sinusitis. Taking antibiotics, coughing up thick yellow mucus, now i see traces of blood in the mucus. Should i worry?
Not to worry: Excess mucous during a sinus infection is common and a small amount of blood in the mucous is nothing to worry about. This could be due to your nose drying out or irritation from nose blowing etc. If you have large amounts of bloody mucous or constant bleeding you should see your doctor for evaluation to ensure it is nothing more serious. Feel better soon! ...Read more
Does latest research now say that chronic sinusitis is caused by immunity or allergy problems rather than by improperly treated acute sinusitis?
I have chronic sinusitis on one side and acute sinusitis on the other. The re is a foul odor coming from my nose, especially when draining. What to do?
See an ENT : If you have foul odor coming from the nose then usually you have a serious bacterial sinus infection that needs treatment asap. You can start with neilmed sinus rinses two times a day until you see a nose/sinus specilaist. Once you see the specialist he will treat you with antibiotics and should get a ct scan of your sinuses. Definitive treatment can then be initiated. www.socalsinus.com. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chronic Sinusitis: Chronic sinusitis is "inflammation" of the sinus linings for 3 months or longer. Infection can be present, but chronic sinusitis can also be swelling in the absence of infection. Many causes may contribute to chronic sinusitis, including environmental exposures, allergies, recurrent infections, and a person's own bodily function (i.e, immune system, genetics, anatomy, etc.) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sinusitis or not?: First need correct diagnosis is it really chronic sinusitis versus chronic allergic rhinitis? All in the history & symptoms, if mainly constant congestion, clear drainage from nose, front or back, itchy eyes, sneezing, then it's likely allergies which needs to be evaluated. If congestion accompanied by pressure-pain in the face and discolored drainage from nose, then it's likely sinusit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
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