What is Sinusitis?
The sinuses are air spaces around the nasal cavity that primarily help with humidifying of the air we breathe. These sinuses are lined with mucus secreting membranes. Inflammation of the lining of the sinuses is known as Sinusitis, and this can occur due to innate imbalances in a person's immune system, or because there is obstruction of mucus flow out of the sinuses.
Treatment options for Sinusitis include medication and surgery.
For Secondary Sinusitis, it is important to identify the inciting condition and to treat it.
Surgery may be offered for sinusitis that does not respond to medication. The aim of surgery is to remove obstruction of the sinuses and to allow medication to penetrate into the sinuses.
New medications aimed at controlling the imbalances in the immune system (Immunologics) are constantly being developed for Chronic Sinusitis resistant to conventional treatment and surgery.
Contributed by Department of Otolaryngology (ENT)