1. What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis is the inflammation of the tissue lining the paranasal sinuses. Normally, these sinuses are filled with air, but certain conditions can cause a build-up of fluid or mucus.
2. What are the causes of sinusitis?
The causes of sinusitis include common cold, blocked ducts, nasal polyps and allergies.
3. What are the ways to avoid sinusitis?
Improving hygiene will help in reducing sinusitis. Washing hands regularly; using saline nasal sprays, nasal irrigation, steam intake; and avoiding allergens can prevent sinusitis to a great extent.
4. Is surgery required to cure sinusitis?
Most cases of sinusitis can be managed with antibiotics, anti-allergy medications and lifestyle changes. If these methods do not provide relief, sinus surgery may be recommended.
5. Is sinusitis a chronic condition?
Sinusitis can be a single acute episode. Repeated attacks of sinusitis due to maintaining factors, such as polyps and blocked ducts, can cause infection in the sinuses, leading to chronic sinusitis.