Adult Sinusitis

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sinusitis is a common ailment that affects one in seven adults. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about adult sinusitis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

When sinuses become inflamed or swollen, it is called sinusitis. This usually happens because a virus, allergy or other inflammation creates swollen mucous membranes that block the natural drainage pathway of the sinuses. The most common cause of acute sinusitis is the common cold.

Symptoms of sinusitis include:

Pressure or fullness around your nose, behind or between your eyes, or in your forehead

Stuffy nose

Thick, discolored nasal discharge, and

Decreased sense of smell

Sinusitis that lasts less than four weeks is called acute sinusitis. When symptoms last for more than three months it is called chronic sinusitis.

Antibiotics should not be used to treat most cases of acute sinusitis because most cases do not involve a bacterial infection.

Because chronic sinusitis is a long-term condition, its treatment generally involves a long-term strategy to control the inflammation and swelling in the nose and sinuses. This may involve topical corticosteroid nasal sprays, nasal saline rinses and treatment of allergy.

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