Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Acute Bacterial Sinusitis

Acute bacterial sinusitis is a condition that can cause a lot of problems especially when it complicates a common cold. It can appear in both children and adults and you should know that up to 5% of all colds will show acute bacterial sinusitis as a complication.

In most situations acute bacterial sinusitis appeares because of bacteria. The most common are Moraxella, some Streptococcus species, Staphylococcus, Homophilus influenza and pneumococcus. When suffering from bacterial sinusitis you will also have to deal with an increase in tooth root infections, mostly due to anaerobic bacteria. The bottom line is that whenever any cold lasts for longer than one week and its symptoms are not improving we might be dealing with acute bacterial sinusitis.

The bad news is that when you suffer from acute bacterial sinusitis you will need to take antibiotics in order to reduce infection duration and illness. Medicine will also aid you in preventing serious possible complications like eye infections, brain abscess and bacterial meningitis.

The good news is that after a treatment of two weeks you will be able to get rid of acute bacterial sinusitis in 90 percent of cases. Keep in mind that there are different ways to treat this condition but you should only use them after talking directly with your doctor. For instance, steroid nasal sprays are sometimes recommended but there is absolutely no study out there that proves it works. On the other hand, if antibiotics fail and a second treatment session is still not effective we can always go towards surgery as a great way to stop acute bacterial sinusitis for damaging our lives even more.

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1 comment:

  1. What do people like and dislike about salt water sinus rinses?

    I personally find a mist, followed by suctioning to work well. Do you all like the higher volume kits? What works and what could be better about them?