Chronic Sinusitis

When sinusitis lasts for three months or longer, despite treatment, it is considered, chronic.

Chronic Sinusitis

When sinusitis lasts for three months or longer, despite treatment, it is considered, chronic.

What is Chronic Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a condition where the sinuses (or spaces) in your head and nose become swollen or inflamed over a period of three months or more, regardless of treatment. This condition can cause your nose to become stuffy and prevent mucus from draining normally. It may be difficult to breathe through your nose. The area around your eyes could feel tender or swollen.

What is Chronic Sinusitis?

These are some of the common signs and symptoms that can be associated with chronic sinusitis:

  • Nasal inflammation
  • Runny nose – thick, discolored nasal discharge
  • Postnasal drainage is drainage down the back of your throat
  • Trouble breathing through your nose due to a blocked or stuffy nose
  • Tenderness, pain, swelling, and tenderness around your eyes, cheeks, or nose.
  • Sensitivity to taste and smell is reduced

You may also experience the following signs and symptoms:

  • Ear pain
  • Headache
  • Itching in the upper jaw and teeth
  • Clearing your throat or cough
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue

Acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis both have similar symptoms. Acute sinusitis, however, is a temporary sinus infection that can be accompanied by a cold. Chronic sinusitis can last for at least 12 weeks. However, you might experience several episodes of acute or chronic sinusitis before becoming a chronic case. Although fever is not a sign of chronic sinusitis it can be a sign that you have acute sinusitis.

What is Chronic Sinusitis?

An infection, growth in your sinuses (nasal polyps), or swelling of your sinuses can all lead to chronic sinusitis. The condition is also known as chronic rhinosinusitis and can affect children and adults alike.

The following are common causes of chronic sinusitis:

  • Nasal polyps
  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Other medical conditions
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Allergic reactions such as hay fever

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