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Apr 2, 2015

This podcast highlights the updated clinical practice guideline on adult sinusitis that is published as an April 2015 supplement to Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, the official journal of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Foundation. In the first of two podcasts for this supplement, Editor in chief John Krouse is joined by authors Ashok Kumar and Maggie Kramper in discussing key findings from the guideline in the diagnosis and treatment of adults with symptoms of sinusitis and their implications for primary care health providers and patients.


Sinusitis affects about 1 in 8 adults in the United States, resulting in more than 30 million annual diagnoses. More than 1 in 5 antibiotics prescribed in adults are for sinusitis, making it the fifth-most common diagnosis responsible for antibiotic therapy.  Many symptoms of sinusitis can overlap with other common conditions such as allergic rhinitis, and can complicate the diagnosis and treatment of these individuals.  Common symptoms of acute sinusitis include purulent nasal discharge accompanied by nasal obstruction, facial pain/pressure/fullness, or both. Patients and their health providers can utilize a variety of approaches in treating these symptoms, judiciously using antibiotics and other prescription and over-the-counter medications as indicated.  These guidelines discuss recommendations and options for clinicians treating adult sinusitis and their patients.

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