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What causes rhinosinusitis?

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Posted on Tue, 19 May 2015
Question: I was diagnosed with rhinosinusitis recently. My blood oxygen level has dropped from 97 to 92 in 6 weeks. I am always plugged up with a hard time breathing through my nose. Could this be why my blood oxygen levels are dropping/
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Get done chest x ray and PFT.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on HCM.
I can understand your situation and problem.
Rhinosinusitis is fungal infection of sinuses.
It is not common infection.
It is mostly associated with diabetes or patients with compromised immune system.
And if not properly treated, it can also infect lungs and cause fungal pneumonia.
Drop in oxygen level (desaturation) is suggestive of lung involvement.
Lung involvement in the form of fungal pneumonia or bronchitis can cause breathing difficulty and decreased saturation.
So better to consult pulmonologist and get done
1. Clinical examination of respiratory system
2. Chest x ray.
3. PFT (Pulmonary Function Test).
Chest x ray is needed to rule out pneumonia.
PFT is needed to rule out bronchitis.
So better to consult pulmonologist and first diagnose yourself and then start appropriate treatment.
Hope I have solved your query.
I will be happy to help you further.
Wish you good health.
Thanks.
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What causes rhinosinusitis?

Brief Answer: Get done chest x ray and PFT. Detailed Answer: Thanks for your question on HCM. I can understand your situation and problem. Rhinosinusitis is fungal infection of sinuses. It is not common infection. It is mostly associated with diabetes or patients with compromised immune system. And if not properly treated, it can also infect lungs and cause fungal pneumonia. Drop in oxygen level (desaturation) is suggestive of lung involvement. Lung involvement in the form of fungal pneumonia or bronchitis can cause breathing difficulty and decreased saturation. So better to consult pulmonologist and get done 1. Clinical examination of respiratory system 2. Chest x ray. 3. PFT (Pulmonary Function Test). Chest x ray is needed to rule out pneumonia. PFT is needed to rule out bronchitis. So better to consult pulmonologist and first diagnose yourself and then start appropriate treatment. Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.