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Treating chronic sinusitis
Chronic sinusitis can be a very bad illness that affects your quality of life. But
some remedies have been proven to be effective at relieving the symptoms. Nasal
steroid sprays are the most helpful, and surgery is sometimes an option too.Having
a stuffy nose for a short time is quite normal and is usually unproblematic. But
things become more unpleasant if it is hard to breathe through your nose over a
longer period of time and you feel pain or pressure in your face. These kinds of
symptoms are often caused by chronic inflammation of the sinuses (chronic
sinusitis).There are two main types of bilateral chronic sinusitis (where both
sides of the face are affected).Chronic sinusitis without polyps (benign mucous
membrane growths): The mucous membranes are swollen, but no polyps have
developed.Chronic sinusitis with polyps: The mucous membranes are swollen and
polyps have developed.This information deals with these two main forms. Rarer forms
of chronic sinusitis can occur as a result of a weak immune system or due to fungal
infections. They may require special treatment.
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