Inflammation of the sinuses are characterized by nasal congestion, pain and pressure around the face and the feeling of a stuffy head. Causative factors of sinusitis include allergies, colds or sensitivity to airborne pollutants.
Definition of Sinusitis:
Sinusitis is defined as the inflammation of the lining membrane in any of the sinus cavities, specifically the paranasal sinuses. Sinusitis can be characterized as acute or chronic. Acute sinusitis is defined as a short-term condition that can be treated with antibiotics and or decongestants. Chronic sinusitis is defined as a long-term condition characterized by four recurrences of acute sinusitis and lasting 12 weeks or more. Chronic sinusitis can be treated with medication or surgery.
If you suffer from severe sinus pain or pressure you should seek treatment from an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist (Otolaryngologist) who can treat your condition with medical and/or surgical therapy.
Signs and Symptoms of Acute Sinusitis:
- Facial pain/ pressure
- Nasal obstruction
- Nasal drainage
- Decreased sense of smell
*In addition to these symptoms, those suffering with acute sinusitis may also have:
- Bad Breath
- Pain in teeth
*Acute sinusitis is a common problem and is often associated with a viral or bacterial upper respiratory infection that spreads to the sinuses.
How Long Does Acute Sinusitis Usually Last?
Acute sinusitis can last up to four weeks. Acute sinusitis may be present when two or more symptoms are present along with thick yellow or green secretions are draining from the nasal passage.
A bacterial sinus infection may be present when symptoms worsen after 5 days , continue after 10 days, or the severity of the symptoms are not consistent with that of a viral infection.