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Acute sinusitis

Sinusitis or rhinosinusitis is inflammation of the paranasal sinuses. It can be due to infection, allergy, or autoimmune issues. Most cases are due to a viral infection and resolve over the course of 10 days. It is a common condition, with over 24 million cases annually in the U.S.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with acute sinusitis, 81% report having cough, 75% report having nasal congestion, and 66% report having sore throat. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of acute sinusitis are frontal headache, sinus congestion, and painful sinuses, although you may still have acute sinusitis without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with acute sinusitis often receive other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), cat scan of head, influenzavirus antibody assay, other respiratory therapy, physical therapy exercises; manipulation; and other procedures and tracheoscopy and laryngoscopy with biopsy .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with acute sinusitis include amoxicillin, augmentin, guaifenesin (mucinex), clarithromycin, cefdinir, pseudoephedrine (pcm-la), guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine, cefuroxime, robitussin ac, oxymetazoline nasal, triamcinolone nasal product, robitussin dm and codeine / promethazine .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for acute sinusitis include .

Age

< 1 years
0.3x
1-4 years
0.8x
5-14 years
1.2x
15-29 years
1.2x
30-44 years
1.5x
45-59 years
1.1x
60-74 years
0.6x
75+ years
0.2x

Sex

Male
0.9x
Female
1.1x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.8x
Hispanic
0.6x
White
1.2x
Other
0.7x
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