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Scientific studies have shown a close relationship between having allergic rhinitis and chronic sinusitis. In fact, some studies state that up to 80 percent of adults with chronic sinusitis also had allergic rhinitis. There is also an association between asthma and sinusitis. Some researchers think that as many as 75 percent of people with asthma also get sinusitis. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) conducts and supports research on allergic diseases as well as bacteria and fungus that can cause sinusitis. This research is focused on developing better treatments and ways to prevent these diseases.
Scientists supported by NIAID and other institutions are investigating whether chronic sinusitis has genetic causes. They have found that the alterations in genes which cause cystic fibrosis may also contribute to chronic sinusitis. This research focus will give scientists new insights into the cause of the disease in some people and points to new strategies for diagnosis and treatment.
Another NIAID-supported research study is trying to determine whether fungi may play a role in causing many cases of chronic sinusitis. This research also will help scientists develop better medicines to treat chronic sinusitis.
Where can I get more information about sinusitis? MEDLINEplus
National Library of Medicine
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
611 East Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
50 N. Brockway, Suite 3.3
Palatine, IL 60067
American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Inc.
One Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3357
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