What is acute sinusitis?
Acute sinusitis which is also known as acute rhinosinusitis is the inflammation of membranes in your sinuses. Unlike chronic sinusitis, acute sinusitis is a short-term infection that lasts for about a week and in some cases a little longer like for 2-3 weeks. Acute sinusitis is a common sinus infection that has affected 37 million Americans.
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Symptoms of acute sinusitis
The common symptoms of acute sinusitis include:
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Causes of acute sinusitis
In most cases, acute sinusitis is caused due to cold or flu. Other factors that cause acute sinusitis include:
- Nasal allergies
- Nasal polyps
- Nasal tumors
- Facial injury
- Congenital ( a disease or physical abnormality present from birth) abnormalities
- Poor immune system
- Dental infections
- Cystic fibrosis (a disease that causes thick mucus to build up in the body)
- Nose or cheek injury
- Inflammation disorders
How to treat acute sinusitis
Acute sinus is mainly caused due to cold and flu, so it doesn’t require antibiotics and can be cured at home. Using self-help techniques is the best treatment for acute sinusitis.
- Painkillers such Paracetamol, Advil, Tylenol, or Motrin will help to ease sinus pain.
- Decongestants nasal sprays help to relieve a blocked nose. Don’t use it more than 5-6 times a day.
- Saline nasal sprays or drops will relieve the congestion in the nose.
- A warm cloth or mask held over the sinuses will ease the pain.
- Drinking a lot of fluids to avoid thickening of mucous.
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