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Sinusitis is a common disease whose characteristic symptoms are nasal congestion, runny nose and/or mucus in the throat, facial pain or pressure and partial or total loss of the sense of smell.

Although not serious, chronic sinusitis (lasting more than 3 months) has been shown to have an impact on the health-related quality of life of sufferers.

Are more cases of sinusitis diagnosed among women because they go to the doctor more?

Historically, from a sociological point of view, it has been considered that women are more likely to report symptoms, visit their health centre more frequently and rate their state of health lower, which may skew the data towards a higher prevalence and greater effect of chronic sinusitis on women’s quality of life.

The extent to which differences in frequency (prevalence) and attendance at health facilities are due to biological or physiological differences between genders is unknown; however, it has been speculated that differences in anatomical sinus size, susceptibility to smoking and hormonal factors increase the likelihood of chronic sinusitis in women compared to men.

Some epidemiological studies have reported that women have almost twice the rate of chronic sinusitis as men, while other studies have found no difference.

Chronic sinusitis in men and women

Several studies have reported that men have a higher prevalence of chronic sinusitis with nasal polyposis, while women have higher rates of chronic sinusitis without nasal polyposis. Nasal polyps are whitish formations that appear inside the nostrils or sinuses due to an inflammatory process of the mucosa.

A greater association between asthma and sinusitis has also been seen in women.

In short, it seems that chronic sinusitis is more predominant in women, although the truth is that many of the studies do not have enough power to detect real differences and can reach erroneous conclusions.
Therefore, whether you are a man or a woman, the best way to prevent sinusitis is to take good care of yourself.

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