Is sinusitis serious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Sinusitis is a serious medical condition when it becomes chronic. It becomes chronic when it has lasted for over eight to 12 weeks. The cause of chronic sinusitis is still unknown; however severe allergies, a bacterial or viral infection, or pollutant exposure may be the basis. Bacterial and fungal infections and problems with an upper tooth abscess can also cause the swelling to worsen, causing sinusitis.

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