What is the difference in sinusitis and rhinosinusitis, exactly?
People often ask if rhinitis is the same as sinusitis.
Allergy rhinitis (or hay fever) occurs when your nose is inflamed by an allergen. Sinusitis can be either acute or chronic and causes inflammation of the sinus lining.
The next question is how do you distinguish between allergies and sinus infections? Your immune system reacts to allergens such as dust, pollen, and pet dander, and can cause allergy symptoms. If your nasal passages become infected, you will experience a sinus infection or sinusitis. These conditions can lead to nasal inflammation and other symptoms like congestion and stuffy nose.
How is rhinosinusitis diagnosed in this manner?
- Imaging tests. Images can be taken with CT or MRI to show your nasal area and sinuses.
- The inside of your sinuses. Your doctor can view your sinuses by inserting a thin flexible tube through your nose with a fiberoptic light.
- A test for allergy.
- Cultures of your sinus and nasal discharge samples
An MRI can show a sinus infection.
Sinus disease can be very common. According to casual observation by the author, around 1/3 of all MRI scans of Chicago's head show changes in the sinuses. Sinuses aren't very sensitive and can cause mild to severe pain.
- Drink plenty of water. To help flush the virus out of your system, make sure you're adequately hydrated.
- Eat immune-boosting foods.
- Add moisture.
- Clear the sinuses with oils.
- Use a neti pot.
- Ease facial pain with warm compresses.
- Use over-the-counter (OTC) medications.
- Get a prescription.
- Flonase Allergy Relief Nasal Spray at Amazon.
- GoodSense Nasal Decongestant at Amazon.
- Sudafed PE Pressure + Pain + Relief at Amazon.
- NasalCrom Nasal Allergy Controller at Amazon.
- Mucinex Sinus-Max Night Time Relief Liquid at Amazon.
- Breathe Right Clear Nasal Strips at Jet.
- Afrin Original Nasal Spray at Amazon.
- Water, water everywhere. Drink fluids and run a humidifier or vaporizer.
- Nasal irrigation.
- Chicken soup.
- Warm and cold compresses.
- A humidifier or steam inhalation (as during a hot shower)
- Keeping well-hydrated (to keep the mucus thinner)
- Sleep on propped up pillows, to keep the mucus from collecting at the back of your throat.
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