The Mayo Clinic on Sinusitis
There are a few truly august and respected institutions in modern medicine. The Mayo Clinic surely fits the bill. As one of the nation’s most-cited and best-regarded research groups, this community of medical professionals’ findings have the ability to change minds and affect medical practice around the world.
The group’s latest Mayo Clinic Health Letter tackles sinusitis, and weighs in on the frequency with which sinus symptoms tend to resolve on their own. The finding: 70% of sinus infections are likely to resolve without medical intervention.
Chronic sinusitis is a different animal, however. As the Clinic notes:
Even without antibiotics, most people can fight off a bacterial infection, especially if symptoms are mild. About 70 percent of the time, symptoms of acute bacterial sinus infections go away within two weeks without antibiotics.
When sinusitis symptoms last seven to 10 days or more, it’s a good idea to see a doctor to discuss treatment options.
This is where a qualified ENT is needed. If you have sinus symptoms that last for more than two weeks, you may require a consultation including a sinus CT and examination. In some cases, if the symptoms keep coming back, sinus surgery may be indicated.
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