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What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an infection of the sinuses near the nose. These infections usually occur after either a cold or an allergic inflammation. There are three types of sinusitis:
What causes sinusitis?
Sometimes, a sinus infection happens after a child has an upper respiratory infection (URI) or common cold. The URI causes inflammation of the nasal passages that can block the opening of the paranasal sinuses, and result in a sinus infection. Allergies can also lead to sinusitis because of the swelling of the nasal tissue and increased production of mucus. There are other possible conditions that can block the normal flow of secretions out of the sinuses and can lead to sinusitis including the following:
When the flow of secretions from the sinuses is blocked, bacteria may begin to grow. This leads to a sinus infection, or sinusitis. The most common bacteria that cause sinusitis include the following:
What are the symptoms of sinusitis?
The symptoms of sinusitis depend on the age of the child. The following are the most common symptoms of sinusitis. However, each child may experience symptoms
In younger children, symptoms may include:
In older children and adults, symptoms may include:
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