The Chronic Sinus Infection: the Pain that Keeps Returning
A chronic sinus infection is one
that persists for a long period of time. A chronic sinus infection
is long-lasting and isn’t easily treated. Sinus infections
are caused when the four pairs of sinuses around the nose become
congested and trap in mucus. Air is supposed to flow in and out,
while mucus is supposed to drain in order for the sinuses to function
appropriately. When the mucus cannot flow out for a long period
of time, a chronic sinus infection can occur.
A sinus infection is usually caused by allergies, bacteria or viruses.
It becomes a chronic sinus infection if it persists or if it comes
back often. Also, a chronic sinus infection can be brought on by
a tooth abscess, allergy to a specific fungus, or a deviated septum.
If the sinus infection is indeed a chronic sinus infection, then
symptoms like the following can last for at least three months:
Facial tenderness and pain
Yellow or green nasal drainage
Pain in the mouth and teeth
Your doctor can tap certain areas of your
face to check for tenderness to see if you have a sinus infection
that may turn into a chronic sinus infection. A doctor can also
shine a light directly onto your sinuses to see if they’ll
glow. If they glow, they are healthy, but they won’t if you
have a chronic sinus infection. CT scans, sinus x-rays and MRIs
are also done to test for a sinus infection and potential chronic
sinus infection. A three to four week antibiotic treatment may be
administered, as well as oral decongestants and topical steroids.
A natural homeopathic medicinal may be a good alternative.