Sinusitis is an infection of the lining of the sinus cavities in your head. It causes pain and pressure in your head and face.
Sinusitis can be short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic). Chronic sinusitis lasts 12 weeks or longer. It is often caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. Other things, such as allergies, may also be involved.
Chronic sinusitis may be hard to treat. It can lead to permanent changes in the mucous membranes that line the sinuses. It may make future sinus infections more likely.
The infection may take some time to treat. Antibiotics are usually used if the infection is caused by bacteria. You may also need to use a corticosteroid nasal spray. If the infection is not cured after you try two or more different antibiotics, you may want to talk with your doctor about surgery or allergy testing.
If the sinusitis is caused by a fungal infection, you may need to take antifungals or other medicines. You may also need surgery.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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