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What causes recurring sinusitis?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Mark Loury
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Virus and anatomy

For true cases of recurrent bacterial sinusitis there usually are structural problems narrowing the sinus drainage routes.
These openings are lined with mucous membrane.If these are too small and allergy or virus makes membrane swollen then narrow opening becomes obstructed trapping mucous which gets infected.Aggressive symptoms mgmt to keep swelling down and openings open may prevent infection.

In brief: Virus and anatomy

For true cases of recurrent bacterial sinusitis there usually are structural problems narrowing the sinus drainage routes.
These openings are lined with mucous membrane.If these are too small and allergy or virus makes membrane swollen then narrow opening becomes obstructed trapping mucous which gets infected.Aggressive symptoms mgmt to keep swelling down and openings open may prevent infection.
Dr. Mark Loury
Dr. Mark Loury
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