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Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Sinusitis is often overlooked by both patient and healthcare providers though symptoms can be painful and persistent. Your sinuses are hollow air pockets in the bones of the face and head which are lined with a thin layer of tissue. Its purpose it to make a layer of mucus which keeps your sinus’s healthy, lubricated and to flush away any germs.
Rhinitis, Acute Sinusitis and Chronic Sinusitis, occur when these linings become swollen and produce extra mucus which may not drain freely as it should. This can lead to nasal congestion causing pain or pressure in your teeth or face (especially at either side of your nose). Other symptoms may be a raised temperature, nasal discharge, headache, earache, an inability to smell, fatigue or a cough.
Rhinitis is an inflammation of the nasal passages and is often caused by allergies such as hay fever, colds or a reaction to some medications, and for some people it can be a life long condition with no discernible cause. Symptoms can include nasal congestion, sneezing, itching, a runny nose, and the sensation that mucus is draining down the back of your throat (post nasal drip).
Acute Sinusitis is quite common, often caused by infection, usually viral, such as following a cold. It comes on quickly and lasts less 12 weeks.
Chronic Sinusitis is more persistent and can last for many months or occur multiple times in one year. Causes can vary and include infection, nasal polyps, allergies and even some medical conditions may mean you’re more at risk, such as Cystic Fibrosis
Possibly the first person to speak to should be your pharmacist as some symptoms can be relived by over the counter medications such as decongestants, nasal sprays and analgesics. He may suggest a visit to your G.P. who could prescribe further medication such as antibiotics or may even refer you to an E.N.T. specialist
A non medicinal and effective way to relive your symptoms is the RC Cornet-N which can be found here