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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is inflammation or infection of your sinuses. Sinusitis is most often caused by a virus. Acute sinusitis may last up to 12 weeks. Chronic sinusitis lasts longer than 12 weeks. Recurrent sinusitis means you have 4 or more infections in 1 year.


What increases my risk for sinusitis?

What are the signs and symptoms of sinusitis?

How is sinusitis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms. He or she may check inside your nose using a nasal speculum. You may need any of the following tests:

How is sinusitis treated?

Your symptoms may go away on their own. Your healthcare provider may recommend watchful waiting for up to 10 days before starting antibiotics. You may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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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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