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Also known as: Pokenga pakohu ihu, Acute sinusitis, Viral sinusitis, Rhinosinusitis, Bacterial rhinosinusitis
Some people are more prone to sinus infections than others. Things that can put you more at risk of developing sinusitis include:
Sinusitis can develop when a person has hay fever or a cold, so infections may be more common during cold and flu season, or during spring when there is a lot of pollen in the air.
Chronic and acute sinusitis have similar signs and symptoms – the key distinction between them is their length of time you have the symptoms. Chronic sinusitis is ongoing symptoms for more than three months.
Your doctor can usually diagnose acute sinusitis from the symptoms you describe. They may also check to see if you have a temperature or if you have tenderness around your sinuses.
Symptoms in kids differ slightly from adults. Things to look out for include:
Saline nasal sprays or sinus rinses can help with congestion. The saline solution can be made at home while the rinse bottle can be bought from a pharmacy.
To make the saline solution, simply dissolve the following in 250ml of warm water:
Ear, nose and throat doctor