Sinusitis – Boys Town Ear, Nose & Throat Institute


Sinusitis is acute or chronic inflammation
in the nose or paranasal sinuses. Some of the newer studies say between 14 to
16 percent of people in the United States might suffer from various forms of sinusitis. Most of the time people with sinusitis have
some sort of constellation of symptoms of facial pressure or pain. It is usually around their eyes, above their
eyes, below their eyes and between their eyes. A decreased of smell and decreased airflow
through the nose. Either one or both sides or an alternating
airflow, a decrease is very common. We also see a lot of drainage from the nose. Acute sinusitis which is a shorter duration
of symptoms and then there is an intermediate sinusitis called a subacute sinusitis, which
is generally from four to 12 weeks of symptoms. Then there is chronic sinusitis, with a duration
of 12 weeks or longer of symptoms related to sinusitis. It depends on the type. If you’re an acute sinusitis, meaning your
duration of symptoms hasn’t been very long, most of the time it is related to a virus
and mostly treated with supportive therapy. Nasal rinses, steroid nasal sprays, decongestants,
mucolytics, those kinds of things. For the broad population of patients with
chronic sinusitis there is no cure. We are dealing with a quality of life disease. There are a few instances where that’s not
true. What our goal is in managing it is to try
and improve your quality of life.

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