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Sinusitis

Sinusitis refers to infected or inflamed sinuses. Sinuses are hollow air spaces within the bones surrounding the nose. The sinuses produce mucus, which drains into the nose. If the nose is swollen, the swelling can block the sinuses, causing pain and infection.

Sinusitis can be acute, lasting for less than four weeks, or chronic, lasting much longer. Acute sinusitis often starts as a cold, which may result in a bacterial infection. Allergies, pollutants, nasal problems and certain diseases can also cause sinusitis.

Symptoms of sinusitis can include fever, weakness, fatigue, cough and congestion. Sinusitis may also cause mucus drainage in the back of the throat, called postnasal drip. Treatments include antibiotics, decongestants and pain relievers. Using heat pads on the inflamed area, saline nasal sprays and vaporizers can also help.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

For additional information, please click here http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chronic-sinusitis/DS00232

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