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Sinus Inflammation
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the paranasal sinus and may occur in acute or chronic fashion. A mucosal infection can have many different causes, which can be subdivided into three broad categories: rhinogenic, exogenic and and endogenic. Rhinogenic means that the cause lies in the nose itself. Exogenic causes include all external factors. Endogenic causes refer to all internal factors. Typical symptoms include Facial pain/pressure, Nasal stuffiness, Nasal discharge, Loss of smell, Cough/Congestion and additional symptoms may include Fever and bad breath. The sinuses are airfilled spaces in the skull that are lined with mucus membranes. Healthy sinuses contain no bacteria or other germs. Usually, mucus is able to drain out and air is able to circulate. The treatment of an acute Sinusitis is drinking lots of water. This leads to sweating, when the skin sweats, so does the mucosa. This accelerates the self-cleaning mechanism of the mucosa. Using decongestant nasal drops is also important, because these lead to better air circulation in the paranasal sinuses, thus allowing secretions to drain better. Practicing deep inhalation, which also accelerates the self-cleansing mechanism. Sometimes Antibiotics are necessary. The Differential Diagnosis of a rhinogenic Sinusitis is a odontogenic sinusitis.
Produced: 11/2012
If there is the case where chronic sinusitis persists and/or a large mucous retention cyst develops, a sinusotomy is the best treatment (which strips the diseased mucosa within the sinus out completely and new healthy mucosal lining will regenerate). - Steven Koos D.D.S., M.D.
Posted: 10 years ago