Nose infection is also known as sinusitis or sinus infection. This is a condition characterized by the inflammation of the air cavities within the passages of the nose. This can be due to an infection or an allergic reaction. 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. The symptoms include headaches, facial pain, runny nose and nasal congestion.
HOW IS NOSE INFECTION DIAGNOSED?
The doctor may view the sinuses through a fiberoptic scope (called nasal endoscopy or rhinoscopy) to diagnose sinusitis. This is often done by doctors who specialize in ear, nose, and throat problems (ENTs). Other tests may include:
• Allergy testing
• Blood tests for HIV or other tests for poor immune function
• Ciliary function test
• Nasal culture
• Nasal cytology
• Sweat chloride tests for cystic fibrosis
HOW IS NOSE INFECTION TREATED?
Treatment of Nose Infection depends on the cause of infection. For viral or bacterial infections appropriate medication is given. For severely infected sinuses draining the sinus may be required. Nasal decongestants provide relief from symptoms of nasal infection.
DID YOU KNOW?
Nose Infection can be treated with lifestyle changes like quitting smoking.