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What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis can occur when the tissues lining the sinuses become inflamed or infected. The sinuses are air filled cavities located behind your nose, cheekbones and forehead. When these cavities become inflamed, the mucus produced cannot drain properly. In some cases, when sinuses become blocked and cannot drain normally bacteria may begin to grow. This results in a sinus infection.

Cause of Sinusitis

Common conditions that can cause sinus blockage include:

Common Cold
Nasal Polyps
Deviated Septum
Weakened Immune System

Symptoms of Sinusitis

Some of the most common symptoms of this condition include:

Blocked Nose
Green or Yellow Nasal Discharge
Tenderness Around Cheeks, Eyes and Forehead
Loss of Sense of Smell

Treatment of Sinusitis

Acute cases of sinusitis can be treated with over the counter painkillers or decongestants. Symptoms can also be relieved by flushing the sinuses with a saline solution or using warm compresses on tender areas. If symptoms persist longer than a week, this may be chronic sinusitis. In the case of chronic sinusitis there are several treatment options available through your ENT including antibiotics or sinuplasty procedures.

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