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What is chronic sinusitis?

By Dr. Inell Rosario, MD

Chronic sinusitis is inflammation of the lining of the sinus cavities for three months or longer. The sinuses are paired, air-filled cavities that are surrounded by the eyes, brain, maxilla and upper teeth, and back of throat. Names of the paranasal sinuses are the frontal, ethmoid, maxillary and sphenoid sinuses. Their natural drainage pattern is aided by tiny cilia that beat secretions to the back of the throat. When the sinuses are infected, they can cause headaches, eye and teeth pain or pressure and nasal congestion. Sinus infections can be caused by viruses or bacteria and are exacerbated by allergies, foreign bodies, or structural abnormalities.  

Why should I care about sinusitis? Sinusitis is very common, and in any year most people will suffer from at least one episode of acute infection. An acute sinus infection lasts less than three months but otherwise has the same symptoms and causes as a chronic sinus infection but responds to therapy or spontaneously resolves. Continue Reading →

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Recognizing and treating Molluscum Contagiosum

What is Molluscum Contagiosum? 

Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral infection that produces small, flesh-colored, dome shaped bumps that can often become irritated or painful. They may appear to have a shiny surface in a small central indentation, or white core.  

Why should I care about Molluscum Contagiosum? Molluscum Contagiosum is a benign condition that will spread through direct skin contact. This contact can be in the patient’s own skin spreading to other areas, or from direct skin-to-skin contact, especially in children. Molluscum Contagiosum can also be transmitted through swimming pools and shower room floors. Continue Reading →

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