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Sanjiv Upadhyay, M.D.
Otolaryngologist, Rush Copley Medical Group

Every year, nearly 37 million Americans are affected by sinusitis. Sinusitis, also referred to as a sinus infection, occurs when the sinuses are infected or inflamed. A case of sinusitis can vary in severity. There are acute cases, which last from two to six weeks and usually follow a cold that does not improve or increasingly gets worse. Chronic cases can last for over six weeks and can continue for months or years. Some people also have recurrent cases in which they have several acute attacks within a year.

The symptoms of a sinus infection are different than those of a cold. You will find persistent nasal discharge lasting longer than 10 days. Other symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Severe cough at night
  • Sore throat
  • Postnasal drip
  • Loss of smell
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion and discharge.

Sinusitis is usually curable with treatment. However, if you are having recurrent or severe attacks, you should consult a physician to be checked for underlying medical problems that could be the cause. There are several options for treatment of sinusitis including antibiotic therapy and surgical options for chronic sinusitis.