Acute sinusitis

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What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is swelling of the sinuses, usually caused by an infection. It's common and usually clears up on its own within 2 to 3 weeks. But medicines can help if it's taking a long time to go away.

What the symptoms of sinusitis?

Discomfort, swelling, tenderness around your cheeks, eyes, fore head.

Blocked nose.

Reduced sense of smell.

Green or yellow mucus from your nose.

Sinus headache.

High temperature

Discomfort in your teeth.

Bad breath.

How is acute sinusitis diagnosed and treated?

For mild symptoms,

Get plenty of rest

Stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids

Use over-the-counter Tylenol or ibuprofen [do not give aspirin to children under age 16]

Avoid allergic triggers, avoid smoking.

Consult your healthcare provider if your symptoms are severe. They can prescribe steroid nasal spray to decrease swelling, decongestant nasal spray, antibiotics in case of bacterial infection.

Imaging of the sinuses can be done.

ENT consultation is recommended if sinusitis lasts over three months, repeated sinusitis, unilateral sinusitis.


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