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Chronic sinusitis

Also known as Chronic Sinus Infection

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 chronic sinusitis, 75% report having cough, 75% report having nasal congestion, and 62% report having headache. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of chronic sinusitis are frontal headache, painful sinuses, and sinus congestion, although you may still have chronic sinusitis without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with chronic sinusitis often receive x-ray computed tomography, other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), diagnostic procedures on nose; mouth and pharynx, influenzavirus antibody assay, other diagnostic procedures on skin and subcutaneous tissue, other or therapeutic procedures on nose; mouth and pharynx, ophthalmologic and otologic diagnosis and treatment and tracheoscopy and laryngoscopy with biopsy .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with chronic sinusitis include augmentin, mometasone nasal product, guaifenesin (mucinex), clarithromycin, cefdinir, pseudoephedrine (pcm-la), cefuroxime, azelastine nasal, triamcinolone nasal product, guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine, fexofenadine / pseudoephedrine, oxymetazoline nasal and budesonide nasal product .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for chronic sinusitis include .

Age

< 1 years
0.5x
1-4 years
1.4x
5-14 years
1.4x
15-29 years
1.0x
30-44 years
1.2x
45-59 years
1.1x
60-74 years
0.8x
75+ years
0.4x

Sex

Male
0.9x
Female
1.1x

Race/Ethnicity

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