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What is sinusitis?

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 more

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Sinusitis (Definition)

A condition caused by an inflammation or swelling of the lining of the facial sinuses. It usually starts with cold-like symptoms such as a runny, stuffy ...Read more


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What is sinusitis ?

What is sinusitis
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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 more

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What causes sinusitis?

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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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What does sinusitis look like in a baby?

What does sinusitis look like in a baby?

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

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Can an MRI show meningitis in the brain? What about sinusitis or any sinus inflammation ?

Yes: A MRI can show meningitis as enhancement on a contrast study of the brain. As well sinusitis and sinus disease will often show up. ...Read more

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What causes Sinusitis infection with a bad sore throat and what is the best treatment for it?

What causes Sinusitis infection with a bad sore throat and what is the best treatment for it?

Xylitol: Xylitol is a natural sugar and breaks up biofilm in the body. That's where germs mulitply. It is found in a nasal spray called xlear (pronounced "clear") and in chewing gum called spry. Pleasant tasting too! Please see doctor first. ...Read more

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What causes recurring sinusitis?

What causes recurring sinusitis?

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 more

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What happens if sinusitis isn't treated?

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 more

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What are common sinusitis complications?

What are common sinusitis complications?

Relatively uncommon: Complications of acute sinusitis include meningitis, brain abscess, visual loss. Probably more common with untreated acute sinusitis is chronic sinusitis, which is chronic nasal drainage, nasal congestion, sinus pressure. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if sinusitis is left untreated?

Could you tell me what happens if sinusitis is left untreated?

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

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What is chronic sinusitis?

What is chronic sinusitis?

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 more

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What is recurrent sinusitis?

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 more

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What is chronic sinusitis from?

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 more

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Can you tell me what is chronic sinusitis and is it serious?

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 more

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What happens if sinusitis goes to the brain?

What happens if sinusitis goes to the brain?

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 more

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What is acute sinusitis?

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What is acute sinusitis?

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 more

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What bacteria cause sinusitis?

What bacteria cause sinusitis?

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 more

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What's left maxillary sinusitis?

Sinusitis: It's inflammation of the sinus below the left eye. May be acute requiring antibiotics or chronic which may be treated in a variety of ways including surgery. Sometimes the cause is the roots of the teeth ...Read more

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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.

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 more

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