Causes of Sinusitis – What’s Really Causing Your Sinus Problems to Occur?

We’ll be highlighting the two most common types of sinusitis in this article; acute and chronic and exactly what are the causes of sinusitis.

When the lining inside the sinus cavities start to become inflamed and begins to swell in size. As a result of this swelling the ostium (small drainage holes) becomes blocked and unable to provide proper drainage for mucus from these cavities.

When the mucus is unable to drain properly, it ultimately fills the sinus cavities and causes bacteria to grow causing an uncomfortable pressure to build in this region of the skull-this is sinusitis.

Sinusitis has become increasingly common and are the result is responsible for millions of doctor visits each year. It is treated with antibiotics, saline decongestants, and in some cases an oral steroid of some kind could be used too.

First, there is acute sinusitis, which usually brings with it more severe and painful symptoms but does not last as long in duration, maybe up to three (3) weeks.

Then we have chronic sinusitis, which has somewhat milder symptoms but lasts much longer-it can sometimes affect a sufferer from 3 months to up to a year or more.

Now let’s take a look into some of the more common cause of sinusitis.

Some Causes of Acute Sinusitis are:

  • Bacterial
  • Fungal (mold)
  • Viral
  • Foreign objects (mostly happens with small children)

Some Causes of Chronic Sinusitis are:

  • Allergens
  • Asthma
  • Dehydration
  • Deviated septum
  • Mucus membrane
  • Polyps
  • Poor air quality
  • Stress (yes stress)
  • Temperature & humidity
  • Tumors
  • Weak immune system

This is just a partial listing of some of the more common causes of sinusitis infections to occur. Of course there are many more causes that we are simply unable to list in this article.

As always, we recommend that you practice good healthy living habits and choose to make prevention a big part of your lifestyle.

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