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Sinusitis: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

  • Highlights

  • Sinusitis occurs when the paranasal sinuses get inflamed

  • It may resolve on its own, and medication helps in treatment

  • Surgery may be needed in case of structural issues or polyps

  • Get medical care on EMIs with the Health EMI Network Card

Even with a strong immune system, it is normal to fall sick every now and then. This can be due to change in weather, environmental triggers, or simply due to a viral infection that is going around. However, what may make it worse is that sometimes, even with simple conditions like the common cold, there is a chance that you may develop other health problems. Sinusitis is one such health complication and affects millions around the world. With a sinus infection, symptoms may easily be mistaken with those of the common cold, which often results in delayed treatment and a worsening of the symptoms themselves.

For this reason, understanding the problem is immensely helpful and knowing basic anatomy is a good place to start. Sinusitis affects paranasal sinuses, which are hollow spaces behind the face leading to the nasal cavity. As such, many sinusitis symptoms are felt in that area and are a clear indicator of this condition. While there is usually no need for special sinus treatment as it naturally fades in a few days, there are complications that require care. To avoid reaching that stage, here’s a breakdown of the sinus problem, symptoms, types and treatment options.

What is Sinusitis?

The sinus is lined with a mucus membrane and sinusitis is a condition in which these become inflamed. This swelling of the tissue lining causes blockages, which then fill with fluid and become infected. Common causes of inflammation include the common cold, deviated septum, allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps and medications that suppress the immune system.

However, regardless of whether it is brought on by a cold or sinus allergy, symptoms are generally the same and this makes the condition easier to spot.

Types of Sinusitis Disease and its Treatment

There are 4 main types of sinusitis. They are:

  1. Acute sinusitis: Lasts up to 4 weeks

  2. Subacute sinusitis: Lasts for up to 12 weeks

  3. Chronic sinusitis: Lasts for at least 12 weeks

  4. Recurrent sinusitis: Occurs several times a year

For those infected with acute sinusitis, there’s usually no need for additional medical intervention as it fades naturally. However, for symptoms like a sinus headache, treatment can include OTC pain management medication. In more severe cases, especially when the fever lasts for more than 2 days, you should consult a doctor for a special course of antibiotic treatment. In addition, doctors may suggest a tissue sample test from your nose or sinuses to find the cause of the problem in case of a worsening of acute sinusitis.

Symptoms of Sinusitis

Apart from the common sinus headache, symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Pressure in the face

  • Runny nose

  • Congestion

  • Cough

  • Fatigue

  • Fever

  • Dental pain

  • Bad breath

  • Loss of smell

  • Nasal discharge

  • Sore throat

Sinusitis Treatment With Bajaj Finserv Health EMI Card

With a sinus infection, treatment is usually not needed but you can opt for medication to relieve the symptoms. Besides the sinus headache, symptoms like congestion and fever can also be controlled with over-the-counter medications. However, in more severe cases, you may require a full antibiotics course or even surgery. If the infection persists, you should consult a doctor for proper treatment rather than self-administering antibiotics.

This is because not all sinusitis cases can be solved with medication. Those that are caused by polyps or a deviated septum require surgery to clear the sinuses and this can be quite an expensive undertaking. Thankfully, with medical financing options like the Bajaj Finserv Digital Health EMI Network Card, you can get the care you need affordably and at leading healthcare centres in India.

With this card, you get a pre-approved limit up to Rs.4 lakh for healthcare expenditure. You can use it to avail over 800 treatments in over 5,500 partner healthcare centres across 1,000+ cities. What’s more, you can split medical bills into No Cost EMIs and repay your dues comfortably over a flexible tenor of up to 24 months.

List of Partner Sinusitis Specialists For Sinusitis Treatment

Using the Digital Health EMI Network Card, you can get the necessary treatment at several clinics and multi-speciality hospitals. Popular names include:

  • Apollo Hospitals

  • Columbia Asia Hospitals

  • Ruby Hall Clinic

  • Manipal Hospitals

  • Sahyadri Hospitals

In fact, the Health Card also gives you access to many money-saving offers on various tests, doctors consultations and treatments. Here are the currently active offers.

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To avail these benefits and more with the Digital Health EMI Network Card, apply for health card today and ensure you get the best sinusitis treatment!

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