Have you ever had a cold or allergy attack that wouldn’t go away? If so, there’s a good chance you actually had sinusitis.
You really cannot get sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses around the nose) without rhinitis (inflammation of the nose). Thus, the correct term is really “rhinosinusitis”.
Experts estimate that 37 million people are afflicted with rhinosinusitis each year, making it one of the most common health conditions in America. That number may be significantly higher, since the symptoms of bacterial or fungal sinusitis often mimic those of colds or allergies, and many sufferers never see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment with an antibiotic.
Acute rhinosinusitis is an inflammation and subsequent infection of the normally sterile sinus cavities surrounding the nose.
Causes of Rhinosinusitis
Current theories about the etiology of chronic rhinosinusitis are many, including a fungal reaction, chronic infections, etc.
Signs and Symptoms of Rhinosinusitis
Rhinosinusitis has classically been diagnosed clinically by a number of symptoms.
Diagnosis of rhinosinusitis usually is based on clinical history, physical examination and endoscopic examination of your nose.
Being able to treat the sinuses with any and all medications, allergen immunotherapy, and latest surgical technology gives us a unique advantage.
Rhinosinusitis in Children
Rhinosinusitis in children is different than rhinosinusitis in adults.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are 20 commonly asked questions about sinusitus.