Sinusitis is a very common condition, especially in winter when viruses are particularly active ... but not only!

Sinusitis is a disease of the sinuses and more precisely an inflammation of the lining of the sinuses.

It is also often due to bacterial superinfection secondary to an upper respiratory tract (nose-throat) such as a cold.

The sinuses are airy cavities, thus filled with air, located in the bones of the face (at the level of the forehead and the cheeks) and in those which constitute the base of the skull. They are in contact with the nose and throat - and therefore the ambient air - through small holes.

Sinuses develop during childhood until around 12-13 years old. At birth, only the sinus of the ethmoid bone (a small bone located in the nose between the two eyes) is present.

Depending on the affected sinuses (frontal, maxillary, ethomoidal ...), the symptoms will be different. And depending on the acute or chronic nature of the disease, the care will be different.

Sinusitis can last and be complicated by chronic sinusitis: sinusitis becomes chronic when it persists beyond 12 weeks.

A sinusitis is most often treated by the general practitioner, in the chronic cases, recidivants, the opinion of a specialist (a ENT doctor, even a surgeon of the face and the neck) is necessary.

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