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Acute and Chronic Sinisitis

What is sinisitis​?

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses. Healthy sinuses are filled with air, but when they become blocked and filled with fluid, bacteria can grow and cause an infection.

Conditions that can cause sinus blockage include:

  • The common cold

  • Allergic rhinitis, which is swelling of the lining of the nose. This is often associated with hayfever, especially in Pretoria which has a high pollen count.

Types of sinusitis:

  • Acute sinusitis usually starts with cold-like symptoms such as a runny, stuffy nose and facial pain. It may start suddenly and last 2-4 weeks

  • Chronic symptoms last 12 weeks or longer.

  • Recurrent sinusitis happens several times a year


Acute Sinusitis Symptoms:

The main signs include:

  • Facial pain or pressure, headache-like symptoms

  • "Stuffy" nose

  • Runny nose

  • Loss of smell

  • Cough or congestion associated with a post-nasal drip

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