Sinusitus Definition: Sinusitis is an inflammation, or swelling, of the tissue lining the sinuses. Normally, sinuses are filled with air, but when sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid, germs (bacteria, viruses, and fungi) can grow and cause an infection.
Symptoms :Postnasal drip Discolored nasal discharge (greenish in color) Nasal stuffiness or congestion Tenderness of the face (particularly under the eyes or at the bridge of the nose) Frontal headaches Pain in the teeth Coughing Fever Fatigue Bad breath
A nasoendoscopic examination, may be performed to access the drainage pathways of the sinuses. The nasoendoscope is a small tubular flexible scope that is introduced into the nose to visualise the nasal passages. It is not a painful procedure but some patients may experience a little discomfort. An examination of the nasal passages will also reveal the presence of any purulent nasal discharge.
Treatment: Acute sinusitis may be treated with antibiotics and decongestants. The aim is to control the infection, reduce the mucosal inflammation and restore the natural mucus flow in the sinuses.