Sinusitis is the first limb of chronic airway-digestive inflammatory disease (CAID), and like CAID, can be caused by infection (bacterial, fungal/mold, or viral), allergies, environmental elements (car exhaust, cigarette smoke, or mold) and/or the anatomical narrowing of the sinuses. The diagnosis of sinusitis refers to an inflammation of the sinus membranes, whereas rhinitis means inflammation of the lining of the nose and turbinates. Inflammation can occur in either of these areas alone or simultaneously: Your doctor might have used the term rhinosi - nusitis to describe your condition.
The signs and symptoms of sinusitis or rhinosinusitis can vary for each sufferer. It’s not uncommon for someone to misdiagnose his or her symptoms as a cold or the flu and self-medicate improperly. Therefore, it’s always important to check with a doctor before taking any over-the - counter (OTC) remedies. Although you may be treating your symptoms with these medicines, you’ll never get rid of the underlying cause and you will continue to feel sick. Your doctor is better equipped to accurately diagnose your problem and then to prescribe the proper remedy so that you will get back on your feet faster.
Luckily, there have been amazing advances in the diagnosis and treatment of all of the limbs of CAID, including sinusitis. There are many new medicines and combinations of medical treatments that can offer you long-lasting relief.