What is Acute Sinusitis?

Dr. Amin Javer, MD, FRCSC, FARS, discusses What is Acute Sinusitis?

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Dr. Amin Javer, MD, FRCSC, FARS, discusses What is Acute Sinusitis?
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Featuring Dr. Amin Javer, MD, FRCSC, FARS

Duration: 1 minute, 19 seconds
What is Acute Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is sort of the generic term used for illnesses related to your sinuses, and those can be divided into an acute sinus disease or acute sinusitis and then those that do not resolve are called chronic rhinosinusitis, or chronic sinusitis.  

Those are the two main differentiations for sinusitis; acute and chronic. Patients who present with an acute sinusitis can also have, for instance, an allergy that can sort of appear as an acute sinus infection but it’s not; it’s an allergy.  

Really when you differentiate the diagnosis, the two main things that come into play are an acute sinusitis versus an allergic reaction which then you differentiate by asking the history from the patient.  

So people, if they have a question about whether they have a sinus infection or an allergy or something else, the first person they should speak to is a family doctor, because family doctors will generally be able to differentiate on whether this needs further investigation or needs to be seen by somebody who is more specialized in treating this disease.

Presenter: Dr. Amin Javer, Otolaryngologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Otolaryngologist

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