Sinusitis - Acute

This is an inflammation of the sinuses due to infection, allergies or other medical conditions.

This is an inflammation of the sinuses due to infection, allergies or other medical conditions.

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses due to infection, allergies or other medical conditions.

  • The sinuses are air-filled spaces that are lined with mucus membranes. They are located behind the forehead, nasal bones, cheeks and eyes.
  • Normally mucus can drain from the sinuses and air is able to flow freely.
  • Sinus openings can become blocked, which can lead to inflammation or infection.

Sinusitis can develop if there is a buildup of mucus due to a cold, allergies or other medical condition that cause inflammation. It can also occur if there is a blockage of the opening of the sinuses. Sinusitis can cause:

  • Headaches
  • Bad breath or problems with the sense of smell
  • Cough, stuffy nose, or runny nose
  • Postnasal drip and sore throat

Sinusitis may be acute or chronic; the treatment will vary depending on the type, cause and symptoms. Most sinusitis can be treated with self-care and over-the-counter medications, such as allergy medications and pain relievers. Antibiotics are only needed if your healthcare provider thinks you have a bacterial sinus infection.

Contact your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of sinusitis.

  • Bring a copy of your medical history (allergies, past illnesses, surgeries and hospitalizations).
  • Make a list of your medications (including over-the-counter).
  • Write down any questions, symptoms or concerns you want to talk about.
  • If your healthcare provider prescribes a medication, ask for a generic one. If your doctor thinks that generics are not right for you, ask for medications on the lowest available tier of your Prescription Drug List (PDL).

Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider.

  • What is my diagnosis? What risks are associated with my diagnosis?
  • What treatment, if any, are you recommending? What options are available?
  • Are you prescribing an antibiotic? If yes, why do you think my sinus infection is caused by a bacteria?
  • What tests do I need? What is the reason for those tests? Will the test results change my treatment plan?
  • What are my follow-up plans and what symptoms should I report before my next appointment?


Also known as:

Stuffy Nose
Sinusitis - Acute
Sinus Pain
Sinus Infection
Sinus Congestion
Post-nasal Drip
Pain in Face
Nose Drainage
Nose Congestion
Nasal Drainage
Nasal Congestion
Infection in Sinuses
Green Nose Drainage
Facial Pressure
Facial Pain
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