About Chronic Sinus Infection


Your sinus cavities are hollow spaces near your eyes and nose that are lined with mucus-secreting membranes. Because the mucus is allowed to drain through your nasal passages, your sinuses stay clear and filled with air. Sometimes, because of swollen membranes, your sinus cavities can become blocked and filled with fluid, and bacteria can grow and cause infection. Swollen sinuses interfere with drainage and cause mucus to build up in the sinus cavity. This condition is commonly known as a sinus infection, but more technically known as Sinusitis.

Types of Sinusitis

Sinusitis can be considered Acute or Chronic. When symptoms are only experienced for a temporary amount of time, this condition is known as Acute Sinus Infection. If the symptoms last more than 12 weeks, the condition is considered chronic. Patients with Chronic Sinus Infection have usually exhausted treatment with medications, and still cannot find relief.

Chronic Sinusitis

Chronic Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the United States, affecting 37 million people each year. In fact, it is more common than heart disease or asthma, and can be more debilitating than congestive heart failure or chronic back pain.

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