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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Sinusitis (Overview)

A condition caused by an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining your sinuses. Acute sinusitis usually starts with coldlike symptoms such as a runny, stuffy nose and facial pain.


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What causes sinusitis?

What causes sinusitis?

Various: There are many possible causes of sinusitis, including but not limited to infection, allergies, inflammatory disease, problems with the anatomy (shape) of the sinuses, even masses. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Sinusitis (Overview)

A condition caused by an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining your sinuses. Acute sinusitis usually starts with coldlike symptoms such as a runny, stuffy nose and facial pain.


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How many days do the symptoms of sinusitis last?

How many days do the symptoms of sinusitis last?

7+ days: Early sinusitis symptoms are indistinguishable from cold/ URI symptoms. Nasal congestion, stuffy, runny nose, post nasal drip, cough, sore throat, facial pressure or fullness. Usually, as cold symptoms resolve over 7-14 days, you feel better. If symptoms worsen, treatment which includes saline nasal spray, nasal corticosteroids, pain relievers and antibiotics (if needed), allergy control will help. ...Read more

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Sinusitis (Tip)

Avoid antibiotics as much as possible - virtually ALL sinusitis is due to a virus infection. ...See more

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Treating Sinusitis (Checklist)

See a healthcare professional if your symtoms persist or worsen
Daily
Use nasal saline spray or Neti Pot to help rinse sinuses
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Use antihistamine such as Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra
Daily
Try taking a long, warm shower or using a humidifier
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How to cure sinusitis?

How to cure sinusitis?

Sinusitis Rx: Sinusitis is generally treated with oral antibiotics and decongestants. Since sinusitis is often triggered by uncontrolled allergies, antihistamines may also help. When using antihistamines during sinus or ear infections, adding guaifenesin +lots of water can help keep secretions thin to facilitate drainage. ...Read more

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How common is sinusitis?

How common is sinusitis?

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. ...Read more

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Sinusitis (Tip)

Avoid antibiotics - they do NOT work for 95% of sinusitis cases! ...See more

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How does chronic sinusitis affect the brain? I m feeling continuous pain in my lower left part of back brain. Suffering from sinusitis for 5 years.

How does chronic sinusitis affect the brain? I m feeling continuous pain in my lower left part of back brain. Suffering from sinusitis for 5 years.

Sinusitis: Greetings. Sinus disease rarely has any brain or intracranial affects. It may be a referred pain you are sensing or a different reason for pain this this area. See your ENT doctor to review these concerns. ...Read more

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Is dizziness a symptom of chronic sinusitis?

No: Dizziness can mean either vertigo-room spinning- or light-headedness. Neither should be a symptom of chronic sinusitis. ...Read more

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Sinusitis (Tip)

Most sinusitis is viral, allergic, or will resolve without the need for an antibiotic. ...See more