Sinusitis isusually caused by a viral infection and a common condition in which the lining of the sinuses becomes swollen. The situation, often improves within two or three weeks.
- A green or yellow discharge from your nose
- A blocked nose
- A high temperature
- Pain and tenderness around your cheeks, eyes or forehead
- A sinus headache
- A reduced sense of smell
- Bad breath
There is no clarity on whatexactly causes sinusitis to become chronic, but it has been associated with:
- Allergies and related conditions, including allergic rhinitis, asthma and hay fever
- Nasal polyps
- A weakened immune system
- Making sure underlying conditions such as allergies and asthma are well controlled may improve the symptoms of chronic sinusitis.
- Taking over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen
- Using nasal decongestants – these shouldn't be used for more than a week, as this might make things worse
- Holding warm packs to face
- Regularly cleaning the inside of nose with a saline solution bought from a pharmacy
- If the condition does not improve or get worse, doctors advice antibiotics or corticosteroid spray or drops to see if they help.
- And if the condition remains the same even after trying these treatments, better to visit an ENT specialist for surgery to improve the drainage of sinuses.