It is an inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses which causes blockage and is filled with fluid.When that happens, bacteria can grow and cause an infection .It is usually caused by cold or allergies.
Different types of Sinusitis:
- Acute bacterial sinusitis: This term refers to a sudden onset of cold symptoms such as runny nose, stuffy nose, and facial pain that stays for 10 days or so and is usually cured by antibiotics and decongestants.
- Chronic Sinusitis: This usually stays for a longer term and refers to a condition defined by nasal congestion, drainage, and low or decreased sense of smell for at least 12 weeks.
- Recurrent acute sinusitis: This term is used when the symptoms keep coming back often and lasts a few days.
Who can get Sinusitis?
- It can happen to anyone.
- People with nasal allergies, asthma are all more likely to get sinusitis.
Facts of Sinusitis
- It can be caused by a virus, bacteria/fungus that swells and blocks the sinuses.
- The common cold.
- A deviated septum.
- A weak immune system
- It is assumed that smoking increases the risks for sinus infections.
The Most common question,Is it Contagious?
- Yes, viruses can be spreaded that result in sinusitis.
- Following some good habits like washing hands thoroughly before doing anything.
- Avoiding people if you are sick or they are sick while Interacting.
- To always cover your mouth through hanky or hand while sneezing or coughing.
- Avoid things you are allergic to, like dust, pollen or smoke,
Symptoms of Sinusitis:
Common signs and symptoms of sinusitis include:
- Nasal discharge or running nose
- Post Nasal Drip
- Sore Throat
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Tooth/Ear/Eye pain
- Facial Swelling
Prevention & Treatment:
Sinusities can be prevented in simple ways like
- Taking Antibiotics
- Flushing Sinuses.
- Using Steam
- Drinking Water
- Getting Plenty of Rest
- Taking Vitamin C sources
- Inhaling diffused Eucalyptus oil/Menthol/Camphor
- Nasal saline irrigation.
It is always advisable or recommended to go for a doctor if you feel little uneasiness.