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A condition in which the cavities around the nasal passages become inflamed. More than 3 million US cases per year
Treatable by a medical professional
Lab tests or imaging rarely required
Short-term: resolves within days to weeks
Acute sinusitis can be triggered by a cold or allergies and may resolve on its own. Chronic sinusitis lasts up to eight weeks and may be caused by an infection or growths. Symptoms include headache, congestion, and sinus inflammation. Acute sinusitis usually doesn't require any treatment. Chronic sinusitis may require antibiotics.