Sinusitis is the swelling of the nasal sinuses. When the sinuses fill with fluids, that fluid may allow germs to grow and infect surrounding tissues. Symptoms of sinusitis include fever, facial pain, nasal discharge, and fatigue. Almost 29 million people will receive a diagnosis of sinusitis from their healthcare provider in the US each year. Here’s where healthcare providers may run into obstacles.
It can be a challenge to make a proper diagnosis and treatment plan with sinusitis. The most common form of sinusitis is viral, which means it can’t be treated with antibiotics. Even though only 2 to 10 percent of sinusitis cases are caused by bacteria, one study reports antibiotics are prescribed for 83 percent of sinusitis visits. Antibiotics for sinusitis take up 21 percent of all adult antibiotic prescriptions. With the overuse of antibiotics becoming a worldwide medical epidemic, it’s imperative to find better ways of diagnosing common conditions to truly pinpoint if antibiotics are essential.
If you suffer from chronic sinusitis or plan on coming into a healthcare provider’s office with sinusitis symptoms, call our ARC Clinical Research team at 512 225-5931. You can also fill out our Clinical Research interest form online.