Sinusitis is an inflammation of the tissue lining of the sinuses. This thin layer of tissue is called the mucous membrane. If the mucous membrane is inflamed, your sinus pathways may not drain properly. They become blocked and filled with fluid and pathogens like viruses, bacteria and fungi. This can lead to a painful infection.
You may associate acute sinusitis with the cold season or with springtime allergies. Unpleasant as they are, acute infections generally subside within eight weeks. Chronic sinusitis lasts for months or even longer. It may stem from nasal polyps, certain chronic diseases, reflux, or a deviated septum. Its symptoms are not necessarily as severe as those of acute sinusitis. But left untreated, chronic inflammation can damage your sinuses and even require surgery to repair.
If our professionals determine that you have chronic sinusitis, we may prescribe intensive antibiotic therapy or recommend an antihistamine, decongestant, steroid, saline spray, salt water irrigation, or a mucous thinning agent. Surgery is occasionally necessary to remove physical obstructions that may contribute to sinusitis. The team at Marvel Clinic can help you decide which option is right for chronic sinusitis relief and you.
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