Introduction to Sinusitis
Sinusitis is a common infection of the sinuses, which are air filled cavities behind your forehead and cheekbones.
What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is a common infection of the sinuses, which are air filled cavities behind your forehead and cheekbones. Your sinuses normally produce mucus that travels down small channels to your nose, but when they are infected, they become inflamed and swollen, leaving your nose feeling blocked. Sinusitis may make children irritable and cause difficulty in breathing through your nose, but it usually clears up within a week.
What are the causes for Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is usually caused when a virus from a cold or a chest infection spreads into the sinuses. Rarely do bacteria cause it. Sometimes an infected tooth or fungal infection can also be a cause of sinusitis.
What are the symptoms of Sinusitis?
Sinusitis often accompanies a cold, and causes symptoms such as green/yellow discharge from your nose, a blocked nose, pain or tenderness on your cheekbones and/or forehead. You may also have a fever, headache, toothache and a reduced sense of smell.
How is Sinusitis treated?
Similar to when you have a cold, it is not necessary to see your GP when you have sinusitis. To help relieve your symptoms you can take over the counter pain relief, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen and over the counter decongestant medication. You should seek medical attention if your symptoms haven’t improved after a week or you feel as if they are getting worse. If you have recurrent sinusitis you may need to see a specialist ear nose and throat (ENT) doctor.