Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
In most cases, home remedies are all that’s needed to treat acute sinusitis.
Acute sinusitis is when the cavities around your nasal passages become inflamed and swollen. This leads to mucus build up and interferes with drainage. This makes it difficult to breathe through your nose. The area around your eyes and face might feel swollen, and you might have facial pain or a headache.
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Acute sinusitis is mostly caused by the common cold, which is a viral infection. In some cases, a bacterial infection develops. Most cases resolve within a week to 10 days, unless a bacterial infection develops. In most cases, home remedies are all that’s needed to treat acute sinusitis.
Sinusitis that lasts more than 12 weeks despite medical treatment is called chronic sinusitis. Most people with acute sinusitis don’t need to see a doctor.
You may be at increased risk of getting sinusitis if you have:
Acute sinusitis complications are uncommon. If they occur, they might include:
Consult your doctor who will do a history and physical examination which includes feeling for tenderness in your nose and face and looking inside your nose.
Other methods that might be used to diagnose acute sinusitis and rule out other conditions include:
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Most cases of acute sinusitis, those caused by a viral infection, resolve on their own.
Selfcare techniques are usually all you need to ease symptoms. Your doctor may recommend treatments to help relieve sinusitis symptoms, including:
About the expert:
Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe holds a MBBCH degree from Wits University, a diploma in occupational health, a diploma in HIV management, travel medicine diploma, masters of science in sports medicine, and a masters in business administration degree from GIBS. She is a social entrepreneur with a passion for providing healthcare and wellness solutions for low and middle-income communities in South Africa. Learn more about Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe here.
*Always consult your paediatrician, gynaecologist or health-care provider for all health matters relating to you and your children.
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