Sinusitis

Sinusitis occurs when your sinuses, air filled cavities around your nose, eyes, and cheeks, get inflamed. The inflammation is often due to an infection, caused by a virus (such as a cold), bacteria, or fungus. When your sinuses are inflamed, mucus cannot drain. Eventually, the sinus cavities become blocked, making it difficult for your body to heal the infection.

Sinusitis can be acute (with symptoms lasting fewer than 8 weeks), chronic (with symptoms recurring or lasting longer than 8 weeks), or recurrent (with 3 or more acute episodes a year). Sinusitis is very common.

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Review Date: 2/4/2016  

Reviewed By: Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, Solutions Acupuncture, a private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by the A.D.A.M Editorial team.

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