Rhino acute sinusitis

Definition:

Sinusitis is an inflammation or hypertrophy of the mucosa lining the cavities filled with air which are inside the skull around the eyes and nose (sinus). Sinusitis is usually caused by a bacteria or consistent with a viral infection. 

Acute sinusitis is often associated with an infection of the upper respiratory tract, swimming, allergic rhinitis or following a dentist intervention.

Chronic sinusitis is more associated with polyps in the nasal sinuses or recurring allergies.

These two types of inflammations are the result of the imprisonment of natural mucus in the cavities.   This creates a friendly environment conducive to the growth of pathogenic microorganisms. Occasionally, the normal mechanisms of the mucosa cilia  have been stricken and they can no longer clear the mucus .

Common signs and symptoms of acute sinusitis:

  • Major Pain in the affected sinuses
  • Tenderness of inflamed cavities
  • Purulent nasal discharge
  • Nasal congestion
  • Headache (characterized by fluctuations in the intensity with the positioning of the head or occurrence of runny nose)
  • Fever
  • General malaise

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Clogged sinuses can be the result of a common cold, hay fever or nasal polyps (small growth inside the nose).

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