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Chronic Sinusitis - A Basic Introduction

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As head of Sinus and Allergy Center in Marianna, Florida, Angelo Consiglio, MD, treats a variety of surgical and nonsurgical conditions. Dr. Angelo Consiglio draws on extensive experience in the treatment of chronic sinusitis.

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Chronic Sinusitis - A Basic Introduction

  1. 1. CHRONIC SINUSITIS - A BASIC INTRODUCTION Angelo Consiglio
  2. 2. Introduction  As head of Sinus and Allergy Center in Marianna, Florida, Angelo Consiglio, MD, treats a variety of surgical and nonsurgical conditions. Dr. Angelo Consiglio draws on extensive experience in the treatment of chronic sinusitis. A common health complaint in the United States today, chronic sinusitis prompts more than 11 million office visits per year and affects 29.4 million people nationwide. It occurs when the nasal cavities become swollen and, as a result, lose the ability to drain mucous properly. The condition is chronic when infection and drainage issues remain unresolved for 12 weeks or more. Chronic sinusitis often occurs as a secondary condition to asthma or nasal allergies, as these conditions increase a patient's risk of airway inflammation. Infection may be a contributing cause for similar reasons, while structural abnormalities can interfere physiologically with the flow of fluid through the sinuses.
  3. 3. Chronic Sinusitis  A diagnosis of chronic sinusitis means that inflammation has persisted despite medical treatments. It can therefore be a difficult condition to address effectively, though some medical and surgical interventions can help to reduce inflammation, encourage drainage, and even address the root cause of the issue. Nasal corticosteroids may be effective at reducing swelling, while irrigation with saline can encourage proper drainage. Some patients may require antibiotics or short-term oral or injected corticosteroids, though these interventions are safest as limited-time responses. Finally, patients whose conditions resist non-invasive options may require surgery to open the passages or enlarge the opening in the sinus itself.

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