Facts About Sinusitis
Sinusitis is estimated to affect approximately 30 to 35 million Americans, making it one of the most common complaints of patients to their physicians. Sinusitis is the name of the condition in which the lining of your sinuses becomes inflamed. The sinuses are air spaces behind the bones of the upper face, between the eyes, and behind the forehead, nose, and cheeks. Normally, the sinuses drain through small openings in the nose. Anything that blocks the flow may cause a buildup of mucus in the sinuses. The blockage and inflammation of the sinus membranes can be infectious or non-infectious.
Symptoms of sinusitis may include the following:
- Facial pain, pressure, congestion or fullness
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
- Teeth pain
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
There are two main types of sinusitis – acute and chronic. Acute cases usually come on suddenly and go away quickly with medication. However, if the condition occurs frequently or lasts more than three months, you may have chronic sinusitis.