Sinus Infections

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Quiz: Do You Understand Sinus Infections?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

Questions
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1

There are three different types of sinusitis.

Explanation:
There are four different types of sinusitis: acute, subacute, chronic and recurrent.
2

Nasal polyps are not a cause of sinusitis.

Explanation:
Causes of sinusitis include the common cold, a deviated septum, smoking, medications that suppress the immune system, chemical irritation, nasal polyps and allergic rhinitis.
3

Green nasal discharge can be a symptom of a sinus infection.

Explanation:
Sinusitis symptoms include runny or stuffy nose, green nasal discharge, fever, facial tenderness or headache and cough.
4

Antibiotics are often prescribed for sinusitis.

Explanation:
Sinusitis treatment depends on the type and severity of the sinus infection. If you have bacterial sinusitis, your physician will usually prescribe antibiotics. In many cases, your physician will recommend you use a decongestant, saline nasal washes and over-the-counter (OTC) medications.
5

Sinus surgery is usually the first treatment recommended by physicians.

Explanation:
Sinus surgery is reserved for patients who have failed maximum medical management. Currently the gold standard for treating sinuses is computer-assisted sinus surgery - called functional sinus surgery or functional endoscopic sinus surgery.