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      Category : Health Centers > Nose Diseases and Sinuses


Alternate Names : Sinus Infection

Sinusitis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Many cases of sinusitis can be avoided by preventing an upper respiratory infection. Avoiding crowded places and infected people can lessen the risk of catching a virus. Influenza or flu vaccination can help prevent infection by the influenza virus. Careful hand washing and disposal of tissues can help prevent the spread of sinusitis. Individuals should follow the healthcare provider's recommendation for good control of nasal allergies.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

If sinusitis is untreated, the individual may have serious long-term effects, including:

  • infection of the eye socket
  • meningitis, or infection of the brain linings
  • chronic facial pain
  • loss of smell
  • chronic headaches
  • What are the risks to others?

    Most forms of sinusitis are contagious from person to person.

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    Sinusitis: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: William Stevens, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/13/01

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