Rhinosinusitis occurs when the lining of the sinuses becomes infected, irritated, swollen, and inflamed, leading to extra mucus and challenges with mucus drainage. When this condition lasts for more than 12 weeks despite attempts to treat it, it is considered Chronic Rhinosinusitis or CRS.
CRS may appear abruptly. It can begin as a nonspecific respiratory infection or acute, short-term inflammation of the sinuses that fails to clear up. From there, it may develop slowly, but gradually over months or years. Occasionally, the first sign of CRS may be the unexpected showing of a “danger sign,” like severe headaches, facial pain, or visual changes.
People with CRSsNP tend to make up most of the CRS population. Black and African American patients tend to report hyposmia (reduced smell) as one of their main symptoms.
If you think you or a loved one is being impacted by CRS (either with or without nasal polyps), please seek the advice of a qualified medical professional. Some options include:
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