Acute Sinusitis

Monday, November 30, 2009

Respiratory infections, including the common cold and acute sinusitis, affect millions of individuals every year. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at acute sinusitis in the 60 Second Housecall.

Sinusitis, or infection of the paranasal sinuses, usually occurs as a result of a cold but also can result from swelling of the nasal passages, obstruction from a medical device or a nasal deformity or as part of a general infectious process in the body.

Symptoms of sinusitis can include:

h Fever

h Pain in the face over sinus areas

h Thick nasal discharge from both nostrils that may be worse on one side

h Cough and sore throat

h Fatigue and feeling generally unwell

Because sinusitis can be a bacterial infection, antibiotic treatment may be used. Other suggested treatment measures include the following:

h Drink plenty of fluids.

h Get lots of rest and appropriate sleep.

h Inhaling steam or nasal irrigation with saline solution may help to ease congestion of the sinuses.

h Temporary use of an over-the-counter nasal spray may help relieve congestion, but these should not be used for more than three days at a time.

h See your doctor if your symptoms last more than a few days.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.