Anyone can get sinusitis, but it is more common in very young people and elderly people. People with nasal allergies or asthma have an increased risk for sinusitis. Smoking, swimming, air travel, and dental problems are factors that increase the risk of sinusitis.
There are three different main types of sinusitis including:
All three types of sinusitis produce similar symptoms since they are caused by the same types of bacteria and generalized inflammation.
The primary symptoms of a sinusitis infection include:
Additional symptoms of sinusitis may include:
Acute sinusitis is often diagnosed when patients exhibit two or more of the above symptoms and have the presence of green or yellow nasal discharge that indicates an infection is present. The infection may be classified as subacute or chronic if it does not go away within 4 weeks.
Sinusitis is a common condition that affects nearly 37 million Americans each year. The infection can be caused and aggravated by many lifestyle choices, environmental factors, and medical conditions. People who have the following medical conditions may be at a higher risk for developing sinusitis:
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