sinusitis is extremely common. The exact number of
cases is very difficult to estimate, because many cases are not reported to
doctors and because doctors do not all define the
illness the same way.
In the United States, about 24 million people (about 8% of
the population) are thought to get sinusitis each year. Sinusitis occurs in
people of all ages and affects males and females about equally.1
It's hard enough to cope with allergies on the weekend, but dealing with
allergies at work is even more challenging.
Ask anyone who's ever dozed off in the middle of an important meeting
because of allergy symptoms or medications.
"Allergy symptoms are the No. 2 reason adults miss work," says James
Sublett, MD, a board-certified asthma and allergy specialist in Louisville,
The average worker with allergies misses about one hour per week over the
course of a year. But that sick time is...
Sinusitis sometimes develops after a common cold. In the U.S.,
children get about 6 to 8 colds a year. Adults get an average of 2 to 3 colds a
year. Less than 2 out of 100 colds will develop into sinusitis.2
develop sinusitis more often in the fall, winter, and spring. Sinusitis occurs
more commonly in the midwestern and southern regions of the United States.
Although not a serious health problem, sinusitis leads to a high number
of doctor visits, missed school and work days, and antibiotic prescriptions,
all of which result in high medical costs. Prompt and appropriate treatment of
colds and early sinus infections may help avoid complications, long-term
(chronic) problems, and the costs that come with them.
Slavin RG (2005). Allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and sinusitis. In DC Dale, DD Federman, eds., ACP Medicine, section 6, chap. 12. New York: WebMD.
DeMuri GP (2010). Sinusitis. In GL Mandell et al., eds., Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, 7th ed., pp. 839-849. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
August 3, 2010
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August 03, 2010
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