is the most chronic condition in the United States, affecting
tens of millions of Americans every year.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma
"Sinusitis is an acute or chronic inflammation of the nasal sinuses-the
hollow cavities found within the cheek bones and near the eyes.
The inflammation is usually triggered by inadequate draining due
to allergies, infections or structural problems of the nose such
as narrow drainage passages or a deviated septum. Sinuses help
warm, moisten and filter the air in the nasal cavity and also add
resonance to certain sounds. The three major signs indicating sinusitis
are listed below. If you recognize a symptom in yourself or your
child, see an specialist for a proper examination and diagnosis.
- Your cold
has lasted more than seven days and is accompanied by cough,
fever, headache, toothache, facial pain, green or grey nasal
drainage, or post-nasal drip.
- You have
lost your sense of smell and taste and have bad breath
accompanied by chronic congestion.
- In children,
increased irritability and vomiting occurs with gagging on
a prolonged cough."
The National Institutes of Health describes sinusitis
"You're coughing and sneezing and tired and achy.
You think that you might be getting a cold. Later, when the medicines
you've been taking to relieve the symptoms of the common cold are
not working and you've now got a terrible headache, you finally
drag yourself to the doctor. After listening to your history of
symptoms, examining your face and forehead, and perhaps doing a
sinus X-ray, the doctor says you have sinusitis.
means your sinuses are infected or inflamed, but this gives little
indication of the misery and pain this condition
can cause. Health care experts usually divide sinusitis cases into:
- Acute, which lasts for 3 weeks or less
- Chronic, which usually
lasts for 3 to 8 weeks but can continue for months or even
- Recurrent, which is several acute attacks within a year
care experts estimate that 37 million Americans are affected
by sinusitis every year. Health care workers report 33 million
cases of chronic sinusitis to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention annually. Americans spend millions of dollars
each year for medications that promise relief from their sinus
expenditures to treat sinusitis cost the U.S. health care system
nearly $6 billion every year, according to the U.S. Government's
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.
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