What is Chronic Sinusitis?
Chronic sinusitis is the result of ongoing inflammation/infection of the lining of the sinuses. This results in developing one or more of the following symptoms: Chronic fatigue, facial pain/pressure, poor sense of smell, facial congestion, nasal obstruction, nasal discharge and/or post nasal drip. If left untreated, this disease has been shown to progressively worsen leading to a reduced quality of life.
How does it develop?
Multiple factors can lead to its development and include abnormal variations in anatomical structures within or around the sinuses, viral/bacterial infections, environmental allergies, genetic factors, and the possible presence of fungi in the sinuses.
How can it be treated?
Due to its multifactorial aetiology, both surgical and medical treatment options are needed to control this disease. Medications alone (without sinus surgery) have been used in the past and unfortunately, do not have the ability to treat this disease in the majority of cases due to the reasons mentioned above. Medications include Antibiotics, nasal saline irrigation, steroid nasal sprays, decongestants, antihistamines, etc.