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Glossary for Acute Sinusitis

  • Aches: General body aches or muscle aches
  • Acute rhinitis: An acute condition which affects the nasal mucous caused by inflammation
  • Allergies: Immune system over-reaction to various substances.
  • Chronic Sinusitis: Chronic form of sinusitis, inflammation of the sinus cavities.
  • Common cold: A cold is a relatively minor contagious infection of the nose and throat that can be caused by a number of different viruses (e.g. rhinoviruses, coronaviruses). There are over 200 different viruses that have the potential to cause the common cold. Although colds can cause discomfort they are not considered a serious condition.
  • Coughing: The noise produced from the sudden expulsion of air from the lungs
  • Cystic Fibrosis: Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary disease affecting the exocrine (mucus) glands of the lungs, liver, pancreas, and intestines, causing progressive disability due to multisystem failure.
  • Facial pain: Pain affecting the face
  • Flu: Very common viral respiratory infection.
  • Hay fever: An allergy which causes sneezing, runny nose or blocked nose for part of the year.
  • Head Conditions: Conditions that affect the head
  • Headache: In medicine a headache or cephalalgia is a symptom of a number of different conditions of the head and sometimes neck. Some of the causes are benign while others are medical emergencies. It ranks among the most common pain complaints
  • Inflammatory conditions that may be pathogenic or non-pathogenic: Medical conditions causing inflammation, whether due to a pathogen (e.g. bacteria, virus), or a systemic or other cause.
  • Meningitis: Dangerous infection of the membranes surrounding the brain.
  • Mucus membrane conditions: Medical conditions affecting any of the mucus membranes.
  • Postnasal drip: Draining of nasal secretions down the back of the throat
  • Pseudoephedrine -- Teratogenic Agent: There is evidence to indicate that exposure to Pseudoephedrine during pregnancy may have a teratogenic effect on the fetus. A teratogen is a substance that can cause birth defects. The likelihood and severity of defects may be affected by the level of exposure and the stage of pregnancy that the exposure occurred at.
  • Respiratory conditions: Any condition that affects the respiratory system
  • Rhinitis: Nasal lining inflammation leading to runny/blocked nose
  • Runny nose: Rhinitis is the medical term describing irritation and inflammation of some internal areas of the nose
  • Severe headache: A condition which is characterized by a severe headache
  • Sinusitis: Sinusitis is an inflammation of the paranasal sinuses.
  • Sneezing: Nasal sneezing often from nasal irritation
  • Tiredness: Feeling tired either physically or mentally


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