Patients with common cold have often symptoms similar to sinusitis. Mild or moderate symptoms often resolve in time, but symptomatic treatment (e.g. analgesics, decongestants) may be used. If the patient has severe pain (unilateral), purulent excretion in nose and/or pharynx, pain radiating to teeth or fever, bacterial sinusitis should be suspected. Diagnosis is based on clinical findings. Symptomatic treatment is recommended for patients with mild or moderate symptoms. Those with purulent excretion may benefit from antibiotics. First line treatment for patients with chronic or recurrent sinusitis is conservative.
Maija Hytönen (Chair)