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What is acute and chronic sinusitis?

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Acute sinusitis is inflammation that lasts up to four weeks. Chronic sinusitis lasts at least several weeks and can linger for years. Its cause can be hard to pin down -- and hard to treat. Sinusitis might start because of a cold or allergies. Fungus can cause it for people who have weak immune systems. Sometimes, chronic sinusitis happens because of problems with the structure of the nasal passages, or a growth such as a nasal polyp that keeps the sinuses from draining normally. Acute and chronic sinusitis have similar symptoms:

  • Facial pressure and pain
  • Thick discolored mucus
  • Congestion

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CDC.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Sinusitis."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Sinusitis."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Fact Sheet: 20 Questions about Your Sinuses." 

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Fact Sheet: Sinus Headaches." 

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Fact Sheet: Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?" 

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Fact Sheet: Antibiotics and Sinusitis."

American Family Physician: "Sinusitis (Acute.)"

The Journal of the American Medical Association : "Patient Page: Acute Sinusitis."

Medscape: "Conference Report: Highlights of the 46th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society, June 10-13, 2004; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada."

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WebMD Medical Reference: " ." Neti Pots

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 07, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Sinusitis."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Sinusitis."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Fact Sheet: 20 Questions about Your Sinuses." 

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Fact Sheet: Sinus Headaches." 

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Fact Sheet: Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?" 

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Fact Sheet: Antibiotics and Sinusitis."

American Family Physician: "Sinusitis (Acute.)"

The Journal of the American Medical Association : "Patient Page: Acute Sinusitis."

Medscape: "Conference Report: Highlights of the 46th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society, June 10-13, 2004; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Sinus Infection (Sinusitis)."

WebMD Medical Reference: " ." Home Remedies for Fast Flu Relief

WebMD Medical Reference: " ." Neti Pots

WebMD Medical News: " ." Antibiotics Overused for Sinusitis

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 07, 2017

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