What is chronic sinusitis?


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WebMD describes chronic sinusitis as a condition of sinus inflammation lasting eight weeks or longer. Sinus inflammation occurs when the sinuses are blocked with fluid and become infected with bacteria, viruses or fungi.

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According to WebMD, conditions that cause sinus blockage include the common cold, allergic rhinitis and nasal polyps (small growths in the nose). Symptoms of chronic sinusitis include facial congestion/fullness, nasal blockage, pus in the nasal cavity, fever, nasal discharge, headaches, bad breath, fatigue and dental pain. In adults, the most common contributing factors to sinusitis are smoking and infections. In children, common factors include allergies and catching illness from other children at school.

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