Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
4 minute read
24 Aug 2019
3:25 pm

What you need to know about acute sinusitis

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

Most cases of acute sinusitis, those caused by a viral infection, resolve on their own.

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Acute sinusitis is when the cavities around your nasal passages become inflamed and swollen. This leads to mucus buildup and interferes with drainage. This makes it difficult to breathe through your nose. The area around your eyes and face might feel swollen and you might have throbbing facial pain or a headache. Acute sinusitis is mostly caused by the common cold. However, persistent sinusitis can lead to serious infections and other complications. Sinusitis that lasts more than 12 weeks despite medical treatment is called chronic sinusitis. Contact your doctor if you have any of the following: Symptoms that worsen. A...