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Sinusitis

Description: Sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes that line the openings in the bones of the skull behind the upper face, typically resulting from colds or allergies, lasting for at least three weeks, but often continuing for months or even years.

Symptoms: Sinusitis typically causes a runny nose and pain in the sinus area, and headache upon awakening in the morning. Most patients with sinusitis have pain or tenderness in several locations, including the forehead, the upper jaw, teeth and cheeks. Other symptoms can include fever, weakness, tiredness, a cough that may be more severe at night, and runny nose or nasal congestion.

Number of Americans diagnosed: Sinusitis affects approximately 30 percent of the population.

Long-term problems/treatments: Chronic sinusitis is often difficult to treat successfully, as symptoms persist even after prolonged courses of antibiotics. Steroid nasal sprays are commonly used to reduce inflammation. When medical treatment fails, surgery may be the only alternative for treating chronic sinusitis.
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