Myths about sinusitis

We often tend to ignore logic and facts when the concern is about health and life. Most of the time, we start believing in the hearsay and myths and make ourselves the victims of something that didn’t even exist. Here, we will talk about some myths and facts related to sinus that needs to be debunked for self-awareness as the internet is already boggling us with a lot of information about almost everything. Here is the list of some generally talked about myths and also the facts for some self-enlightenment.


Sinus, also called Sinusitis in medical terms, is the common inflammation of the paranasal sinuses, which are the cavities that produce the mucus necessary for the nasal passages to work effectively.

Symptoms of having sinusitis

  • Reduced sense of taste or smell
  • Nasal inflammation
  • Thick, discolored discharge from the nose
  • Pain and tenderness around eyes or cheeks
  • Swelling on facial area, nose or forehead
  • Postnasal drainage- drainage down the back of the throat
  • Congestion
  • Cough

Also Read: How effective is Sinusitis Surgery (FESS)?

Other advanced symptoms can include:

  • Headache
  • Toothache
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Aching in the upper jaw and teeth
  • Ear pain
  • Bad breath

Major causes include

  • Bacteria and viruses
  • Nasal polyps
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Pollutants
  • Other medical problems like Cystic fibrosis and HIV 

Here are some common myths about sinus which are debunked in this blog:

  1. Myth: For chronic sinusitis, surgery is the only option

    Fact: Surgery is the last option for people with chronic sinusitis. Several medications and therapies can delay or prevent the need for surgery. The type of treatment is concluded by the physicians depending upon the degree of sinus and symptoms that the patient is experiencing. It may be nasal congestion, facial pressure, and recurrent infections. Depending on the symptoms, the physician decides what treatment do you need.
    Hence, surgery is not the only option.


  2. Myth: You always need an antibiotic to treat your sinus symptoms

    Fact: Many patients take antibiotics unnecessarily as sinus infections are easily diagnosed. Most of the time, there is no bacterial infection to be treated and people take antibiotics unnecessarily that could even create bacteria that are resistant to treatment with antibiotics. If your sinus lasts more than 7-10 days accompanied by sinus pressure with discolored drainage, then you must see your doctor and he may prescribe you with antibiotics that may be helpful in this case to fight the infection.
    Hence, you don’t always need an antibiotic to treat sinus symptoms because you may not require them always.

  3. Myth: Sinus surgery doesn’t work

    Fact: This is a common myth among people that sinus surgery often ends up as a failure. According to Dr. Joshua Zimm, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon from New York, the vast majority of people who have gone through surgery have seen a great improvement in their quality of lives post-surgery. Studies show that sinus surgery is highly effective and 77% – 97% of patients showed improvement with no records of recurrence.
    Hence, sinus surgery is a promising and reliable way to get rid of the same. (Also Read: Learn More about FESS Surgery: Expectation and Complication)

  4. Myth: Constant and chronic headaches are ‘only sinusitis’

    Fact: Most often people ignore those acute headaches as they consider it to be sinusitis. You often tend to ignore most of the headaches assuming it to be a sinusitis symptom. Ever reflected or pondered that it could be a migraine? You must be well aware of the subtle differences between a sinus headache and a migraine. Only then you can follow the treatment path and medications for the exact problem you are suffering. According to studies, one reason for the high rate of undiagnosed headache is that people don’t seek proper consultation and check-up from a doctor.
    Hence, not every type of headache is a symptom of sinus. (Also Read: What is the Correlation between a deviated septum and chronic sinusitis? )

  5. Myth: You are more likely to suffer from sinusitis in spring

    Fact: There is a belief that sinusitis mostly occurs by allergic agents during spring but the fact is, there are more chances of getting sinusitis during winters. Factors that make you more susceptible to sinusitis during winters may include a change in air pressure and indoor allergy agents like dust in rugs and carpets.
    Hence, the spring season cannot always be accountable for sinusitis. There are many sides to getting symptoms of sinus other than the spring season. (Also Read: What are the Foods to avoid in Sinusitis? )

Take Away

These are some of the dreaded myths that people often believe to be true. It is important to be aware of sinusitis and consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis. Myths, when reiterated and believed for a long time, can create a disturbance in the balance of our health. Sinus is not a severe problem and can be treated with proper medication and therapy if needed. In case, nothing works out, there is the option of surgery as a last resort.

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