Reported by Don Worthington, The Herald
When Amanda Gillespie of Rock Hill wakes up Monday, she hopes to be almost pain free.
The 33-year-old Gillespie is one of an estimated 37 million people in the United States who suffer from chronic sinusitis, defined as an inflammation of the sinuses that lasts for more than 12 weeks and happens several times a year. The swelling blocks the sinuses, trapping mucus and air inside, which can cause pressure and pain.
Sometimes the result is a bacterial infection, often treated with antibiotics. Because there can be multiple infections over a year or longer, doctors are careful not to overprescribe a particular antibiotic, which can lessen its effectiveness. Steroids also can be prescribed to treat the inflamed sinus tissue.
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