Million of Americans
suffer from sinusitis. There are as many myths and misconceptions
as there are sufferers. Pollution and increased resistance to antibiotics
have aggravated the problem of sinusitis.
- That sinusitis is a temporary phenomenon,
which will disappear on its own.
- That sinusitis is natural in some
constitutions, which will clear as age progresses.
- That people with a strong body will
not be affected by sinusitis.
- That antibiotic is the only solution
- That sinusitis can never be cured.
Sinusitis can be caused
by a number of factors, from a cold, from an allergy, or from an
infection. Sinusitis is characterized by inflammation of the sinuses
which shrinks and obstructs the nasal passages preventing the mucus
from draining properly.
There are three
- Acute sinusitis, which lasts three
weeks or less;
- Chronic sinusitis, which lasts for
a longer time, but can continue for years; and
- Recurrent sinusitis, re-appears
frequently to affect the sufferer.
Some symptoms of a
common cold, such as stuffy nose, headache and cough causes the
misconception that they are only suffering from a common cold. Acute
sinusitis can start with a common cold, as the inflammation shrinks
the nasal passages.
Cold and the subsequent
inflammation will usually fade away without treatment, but sinusitis