Adult Chronic Sinusitis

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Chronic sinusitis is a common condition that involves inflammation in the nose and sinuses that does not go away. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Inflammation in the sinuses can create swelling and excess mucus. This can block nasal breathing and drainage.

The inflammation can have more than one cause. For example, you might have an infection. You might also have problems with your immune system or be sensitive to something you have breathed in.

Chronic sinusitis can reduce your quality of life, and affect your sleep and work.

Symptoms may include:

Stuffy or congested nose

Thick drainage from your nose

Pressure or discomfort in your face, and

Reduced or no sense of smell or taste

The main aim of treatment is to reduce swelling and prevent flares. Most people need long-term daily treatment. Commonly used treatments include:

Corticosteroids to decrease the sinus swelling. You can take some of them by mouth. But nasal sprays, rinses or drops are preferred, because they deliver medicine directly to the swelling.

Saline rinses. These are often used to flush mucus, bacteria and particles from the nose and sinuses, and

Other medicines, which can include antibiotics.

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