Acute Vs Chronic Sinusitis

Nearly everyone has suffered from sinusitis (or sinus infections) at one point in their lives, and for most people this affliction lasts for less than a month. However for some, these symptoms last for months or even years. These people suffer from chronic sinusitis.

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What causes sinusitis?

Sinusitis is caused when mucus cannot drain from the sinus cavity. A few things that cause this are:

  • Allergies – Seasonal allergies cause mucus to build up in the sinuses, blocking it from draining.
  • Infections – Viral or bacterial infections also cause build-ups of mucus
  • Nasal blockage – Any type of growth in the sinus cavity causes mucus to be unable to drain properly

What are the Symptoms?

Both forms of Sinusitis have similar symptoms. However, while longer-lasting, the symptoms of chronic sinusitis are generally less severe. The most common symptoms include:

  • Pressure or pain in your face
  • Headaches that worsen when bending down
  • Swelling or tenderness around your nose or cheekbones
  • Congestion
  • Yellow or discolored nasal discharge
  • Post-Nasal Drip

What is Acute Sinusitis?

Acute sinusitis is a sinus infection that lasts for less than a month. This is the most common form of sinusitis, and the easiest to treat. Typically, acute sinusitis clears up on its own with antibiotics or home remedies.

What is Chronic Sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis is classified as a sinus infection that lasts much longer than a case of acute sinusitis. (More than a few months) As stated above, chronic sinus infections usually do not exhibit severe symptoms as acute ones. Typically, they are limited to congestion and sinus pressure. They are also slightly more difficult to diagnose, sometimes requiring advanced medical imaging such as CT scans or X-rays.

How is Sinusitis Treated?

Acute Sinusitis is usually treated by antibiotics or at-home remedies. However, chronic sinus infections are more difficult to treat. Antibiotic therapy usually lasts much longer and is at times used in conjunction with intranasal steroids to bring down inflammation in chronic sinusitis. If antibiotics fail to alleviate symptoms of chronic sinus infection, procedures such as balloon sinus dilation may be required.

For more information on acute and chronic forms of sinusitis, sinus relief, or to speak with a specialist, visit or call East Texas Sinus and Dizziness Center in Longview, TX today.

Published by osky-blue-support on: March 19, 2020
Category: Allergies Sinus Care