Sinus Headaches

What Is Pansinusitis?

Pan sinusitis is a form of sinusitis. Sinusitis is an infection in one of the paranasal sinuses, leading to inflammation and great discomfort. Pansinusitis, on the other hand, is used to denote a medical condition characterized by an inflammation of all the paranasal sinuses. The inflammation may occur on one or both sides.

This form of sinusitis is caused by either bacterial or fungal infection. The common symptoms include sore throat, nasal blockage and discharge, postnasal drip (especially while lying down or sleeping), a feeling of constant pressure, headache, cough, tooth ache, facial swelling, foul breath, lethargy and a general feeling of being unwell.

Sometimes, polyps may form  in the sinus cavities. This adding to the feeling of congestion and aggravates the condition.

Pansinusitis may be detected through radiological screening tests like CT scans or X-rays etc. Microbiological tests may also be performed to determine if the infection is due to single or multiple microorganisms.

Depending on the reports of such diagnostic tests, a doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics or corticosteroids to treat this disease. Sometimes, an endoscopic sinus surgery may also be required. Surgery helps to extract and remove accumulated fungal or bacterial debris and polyps if they have been formed. It helps to restore normal ventilation and drainage from the sinuses.

Pansinusitis represents an acute condition with a high probability of serious consequences. It should be controlled immediately, because there is a risk of the accumulated nasal discharge escaping into the orbit or the brain. The only way to avert such serious consequences is to seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner who has expertise and experience in treating cases of pan sinusitis infections.