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What Is Sinusitis
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sinus infection: Sinus infections are caused by blockage of the sinus cavities. These may be bacterial or viral in nature. Symptoms include fevers, malaise, nasal congestion, & pressure in the face and cheek area. Depending on the cause and severity, treatments include nasal rinses, antibiotics and steroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Before 4-6 m babies essentially have no sinus cavities. By a year, the maxillary & ethmoid sinuses are partially developed and inflammation can be seen as creamy nasal debris that often descends down the back of the throat like a waterfall during oral exam. Xrays < 1yr are rarely helpful as the sinus cavities are often filled by normal mucous at that age rather than trapped pus seen when older. ...Read more
Anatomy or swelling: Simply put recurrent sinusitis can occur from 1) an anatomic abnormality that blocks the sinus from draining (like a deviated septum) 2) the lining to the sinuses may become inflamed and swell and close the sinus opening ( this is usually related to allergy). Medical therapy is the first line treatment but many times, anatomic issues need to be addressed with surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Quality of life: Complications ( brain abscess, vision loss) are possible with untreated sinusitis. Most cases of untreated sinusitis just lead to chronic sinusitis which can reduce a persons quality of life... Facial pain, pressure, discolored nasal discharge, post- nasal drainage... Etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spread of infection: Usually a self limiting disease. In rare case it can cause infection of the eye (orbital cellulitis or abscess). It can also in rare cases extend to the brain and cause meningitis or epidural abscess. Best to see a doctor if the infection lasts more than a week or other symptoms ie eye swelling, severe eye pain, severe head pain, uncontrolled fevers, double vision or change in vision, etc. ...Read more
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
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. ...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
90 days: The definition of chronic sinusitis is documented sinus inflammation that lasts for 90 days or longer. This problem requires an ENT doctor. It may be serious but usually the patient with this problem has a poor quality of life. Complications of acute sinusitis, particularly in children, are more common and more serious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very rare: It is very rare that either acute sinusitis and-even more remote that chronic sinusitis would be complicated with brain infection. It is possible for a very fulminating acute bacterial sinusitis to cause a brain abscess, particular frontal or ethmoid sinusitis. What happens is that you would be extremely ill and would need IV antibiotics to save your life. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Acute sinusitis: Acute sinusitis is inflammation of the cavities around your nasal passages with associated mucus drainage, which makes it difficult for you to breathe through your nose. It may cause headache, pain around your eyes and cheeks. It’s typically due to a bacterial infection, but could be due to allergies, viral or fungal infections. Acute sinusitis lasts up to 4wks (subacute 4-12wks & chronic>12wks). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does fungal sinusitis look like? Like, what would your "snot" look like? I am very concerned and have no pictures to help identify the problem.
Doubt fungal, see MD: Sinusitis is very rarely caused by fungi, except in people with uncontrolled diabetes or advanced immunodeficiency such asend-stage AIDS, terminal cancer, etc. The chance you have fungal sinusitis is very low. It doesn't cause any different mucusdischarge than any other nasal or sinus infection. There is no point in trying to self diagnose such a problem. See your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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