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Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is rhinosinusitis (RS)?

RS is inflammation or infection of your nasal passages and sinuses. RS is most often caused by a virus but may be caused by bacteria. Acute RS lasts up to 12 weeks. Chronic RS lasts more than 12 weeks. Recurrent RS means you have 4 or more infections in 1 year.


What are the signs and symptoms of rhinosinusitis?

How is rhinosinusitis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms. He or she may look inside your nose. You may also need any of the following tests:

How is rhinosinusitis treated?

Your symptoms may go away on their own. Your healthcare provider may recommend watchful waiting for up to 10 days before starting antibiotics. Antibiotics will not help if the infection is caused by a virus. Check with your provider before you take any over-the-counter medicines. You may need any of the following:

How can I manage my symptoms?

How can I help prevent the spread of germs?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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