What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an infection in the sinuses, resulting in congestion, cough, thick discharge, and pressure in the head and face. It typically occurs when something stops mucus from draining from the sinuses.
Acute & Chronic Sinusitis
In acute sinusitis, the infection will resolve in less than four weeks. In some cases, a patient may develop a bacterial infection as a result of acute sinusitis.
Sinusitis VS Covid-19
Distinguishing between sinusitis and COVID can be difficult since both conditions share many symptoms. The congestion in sinusitis can also take away the patient’s sense of taste or smell, a key symptom of COVID. The symptoms of COVID that are not present in sinusitis include body and muscle aches, chills, and shortness of breath, as well as excessive fatigue. Not sure which illness you have? Consult with a physician immediately and consider getting tested for COVID-19.
Symptoms of Sinusitis
- Yellow-green nasal discharge that is unusually thick
- Postnasal drip
- Pressure in the face and forehead
*Note: In addition to any of the symptoms above, those with acute sinusitis may also develop a fever. In rare cases with severe sinusitis symptoms, a patient may also develop complications that can affect the health of the eyes and the brain.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Sinusitis Be Prevented?
Those with allergies or asthma can work to prevent sinusitis by treating their existing conditions. Avoiding allergens and triggers such as stress can also help prevent sinusitis.
What’s the Best Over-the-Counter Medication for Sinusitis?
Steroid nasal sprays, such as fluticasone and mometasone can help address the nasal congestion associated with sinusitis. Those with allergies can also benefit from OTC antihistamines.
Is Sinusitis Contagious?
Since most cases of sinusitis are the result of a viral infection, they can be contagious. Patients with sinusitis should adhere to good hygiene skills, including washing hands well and regularly.
How Long Does Sinusitis Last?
Acute cases of sinusitis can last anywhere from 10 days to a month. Chronic cases can last longer than three months.