Chronic Sinusitis

Written by Norene Anderson
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Chronic sinusitis indicates an infection or inflammation of the facial sinuses that is long-standing, recurrent, or resistant to treatment. It can become difficult to treat due to the complexity of bacteria that may be present. Acute sinusitis is typically caused by one type of bacteria or virus where chronic may be a combination. It is sometimes associated with other respiratory infections, particularly the cold virus.

It is possible for a structural defect in the sinuses or nasal passageway to hinder the release of fluid from the sinuses causing chronic sinusitis. It can also be caused by a tooth abscess or other dental infections spreading into the sinus cavity. It is very important to be sensitive to any changes in the gums or face such as swelling. This could be indicative of an infection needing immediate attention.

Chronic Sinusitis Diagnosis

Bad breath is often a result of chronic sinusitis. If no other cause is determined for the bad breath, it may be necessary to have an x-ray or CT scan of the sinuses to see if there is residual infection. It is possible to have crevices in the sinuses full without having a full-blown attack of sinusitis.

If left untreated, sinusitis can become very serious. It is important to do everything possible to keep the passages open and clear. Natural products are generally tolerated very well and have the least amount of side effects. Preventive care is much better than having to treat a serious infection. Regular use of nasal irrigation or moisturizing spray can help prevent buildup of thick mucus leading to infection.


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