Sinusitis: That Cold You Can’t Shake

Tuesday, October 15, 2019


We all catch colds, usually during the fall and winter seasons. However, if you’re cold is still lingering after a week or so, you may have sinusitis.

Sinusitis is the medical term for inflamed sinuses. This condition is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection of the sinuses. When your sinuses are not able to drain properly, there are many symptoms. They include headaches as well as pressure behind your eyes, cheeks and forehead.  Additionally, your mucus will be cloudy, yellow or green. It will run out of your nose and down your throat as a postnasal drip. 

Most cases of sinusitis are viral and thus cannot be treatment with antibiotics. However, all types of sinusitis can be treated with painkillers, steroid nasal sprays or saltwater irrigation.

Chronic sinusitis is different from typical acute sinusitis in terms of both causes and treatments. Infection, polyps, a deviated septum, allergies, inflammation of the lining of your sinuses and other medical conditions could be behind chronic sinusitis.  

In addition to the typical sinusitis symptoms, a person with chronic sinusitis may also experience pain in the ears, upper jaw, teeth and throat. A cough, bad breath and a feeling of being tired are other symptoms to be aware of.

You should see a doctor if your sinusitis persists after treatment and/or your symptoms last more than 10 days. Sinusitis is a common condition that your doctor will be able to test for and diagnose. Treatment options include nasal, oral or injected corticosteroids and nasal irrigation with a saline solution.

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