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Acute vs. Chronic Sinusitis Treatments

Jul 27, 2008
The illness of sinusitis develops when the membranes located in the sinus areas of the nasal passages experiences inflammation from outside factors. There are two outside factors that can contribute to this. The first is allergies. The second is viruses or bacteria.

Sinusitis comes in two forms. The first form is acute sinusitis. Acute sinusitis occurs most frequently and is the less serious of the two, lasting only a few days or maybe a week or two. It is a result of a viral or bacteria infection or from possibly allergy's. The second form is chronic sinusitis. It source is the same as acute but it lasts much longer, weeks or even months.

The treatment for acute sinusitis depends on the root cause of the condition. Treatment of the symptoms is universal regardless of the cause of the condition. However, depending on what the cause of the condition is, you will also have to treat the trigger of the condition. For example, if acute sinusitis is being caused by an allergic reaction, then it makes sense to limit or eliminate exposure to whatever is causing the reaction. If acute sinusitis is being caused by exposure to bacteria or viruses then it makes sense to eliminate the bacterial or viruses that trigger the condition.

Chronic sinusitis can in some cases be treated using many of the same techniques as you would use to treat acute sinusitis. However, if you continue to expose yourself to what is causing the condition, you will continue to suffer from chronic sinusitis. In addition, there are some causes of chronic sinusitis that are not shared with acute sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis can develop from a very bad case of the common cold that produces a respiratory tract infection. Chronic sinusitis can also develop from a facial injury, airborne fungi and many other medical conditions.

You can treat acute sinusitis in many ways. One way to treat it is to use over the counter medicine. Some examples of medication that helps treat sinusitis are Actifed, Claritin OTC, Sudafed as well as Dayquil and Nyquil. You can also treat acute sinusitis by engaging in nasal rinses as well as drinking hot soup or tea.

With chronic sinusitis you should seek out a medical professional to help you to treat the condition. A medical professional may advise many different treatments above and beyond what is suggested in treating acute sinusitis. Your doctor may prescribe Flonase or Prednisone to reduce swelling of the sinuses. If none of these techniques work to treat the condition then your doctor may recommend a medical procedure. Possible procedures include balloon rhinoplasty which helps clear the sinus passages or even endoscopic sinus surgery where the doctor physically clears out anything that is causing the nasal passages to be blocked.
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