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I've just been diagnosed with my 3 sinus infection of the year, at what point is this chronic and not acute?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine

In brief: Chronic sinusitis?

At 3 sinus infections in a year, it is likely that you are dealing with "chronic" sinusitis.
The way to tell is to get either an x-ray of the sinuses (which will show mucosal thickening and possibly some fluid in the sinuses) or a ct scan of the sinuses. Basically you treat it with antibiotics, often multiple courses. For severe cases, surgery helps in about 50%.

In brief: Chronic sinusitis?

At 3 sinus infections in a year, it is likely that you are dealing with "chronic" sinusitis.
The way to tell is to get either an x-ray of the sinuses (which will show mucosal thickening and possibly some fluid in the sinuses) or a ct scan of the sinuses. Basically you treat it with antibiotics, often multiple courses. For severe cases, surgery helps in about 50%.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine

In brief: Chronic sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis is persistent sinus congestion, symptoms are constant and the treatment is different than acute sinusitis, which makes you acutely sick with fever and severe congestion and sometime purulemt drainag, it gets treated with antibiotics if it is caused by bacteri, but it can be caused by viruses, it gets better by itself.
Then you are free of symptoms till you get another acute attack.

In brief: Chronic sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis is persistent sinus congestion, symptoms are constant and the treatment is different than acute sinusitis, which makes you acutely sick with fever and severe congestion and sometime purulemt drainag, it gets treated with antibiotics if it is caused by bacteri, but it can be caused by viruses, it gets better by itself.
Then you are free of symptoms till you get another acute attack.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna
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