Sinusitis affects 37 millions people in the U.S., and is defined as the inflammation of the lining of the nasal passages blocking the drainage of mucus. If not treated properly, sinusitis can lead to more serious health complications. There are two specific forms of sinusitis: acute and chronic.Â Itâ€™s important to know the difference between the two so proper care is received.
In acute sinusitis, symptoms tend to last no more than eight weeks. The major symptoms include facial pressure and pain, thick discolored mucus and congestion. These symptoms can usually be treated with simple home remedies and over the counter sinus medicine.
Chronic sinusitis can last anywhere from 12 weeks to years at a time. This form of sinusitis is harder to treat, usually due to higher levels of inflammation in the sinuses. Though the symptoms are sometimes less severe than that of acute forms, if not treated consistently it can lead to complications requiring medical assistance and even surgery.
Blockage of the draining of mucus that causes sinus infections are most often caused by:
Common symptoms of both acute and chronic sinusitis include, but are not limited to: