Sinus Infections (Sinusitis)
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Inside each facial bone, there are hollow spaces known as sinuses located between the eyes and behind your cheekbones. They help keep the nasal passages moist by producing mucus.
Inflammation or swelling of the sinus mucosa is known as sinusitis. Sinus cavities (spaces) in the head form a quartet of paired cavities. They’re linked together by a network of narrow tubes. Sinus mucus is drained out of the nose via the nasal canals. This drainage aids in the prevention of bacterial buildup in the nose. It is possible for the sinuses, which are ordinarily filled with air, to become clogged and filled with fluid. Bacteria and viruses can grow and infect you if this happens.
Who gets sinusitis? Anyone can get a sinus infection at some point in their lives. Sinusitis, on the other hand, is more common in people who have allergies, nasal polyps, asthma, or abnormal nose structures. If you smoke, you are more likely to get a sinus infection.
- Cough – An attempt by the body to rid itself of throat irritants.
- Facial pain or tenderness – due to the inflammation.
- Fever – As a result of an infection of the sinus tissues.
- Fatigue – Due to your working hard to fight the infection.
- Dental Pain – due to pressure on the nerves and tissues in the surrounding area
A Good Time to See a Doctor
If you experience any of the following symptoms:
- More than a few days of symptoms
- Chronic or recurrent sinusitis
- Stiff neck
- Difficulty in breathing
A virus, bacteria, or fungus or simply allergies can inflame and obstruct the sinuses, resulting in sinusitis. Here are a few examples:
- Common cold
- Seasonal allergies
- Tissue irritants like cigarette smoke and nasal sprays
- Nasal polyps
Using pacifiers or having a drink bottle while lying down may increase the risk of sinusitis in infants and young children.
Sinus infections are more common in adults who smoke. Smoking dangers your health and the health of the people close to you.
- Avoid being around people who smoke and do not inhale their fumes.
- You should wash your hands frequently, especially during the winter months, and avoid touching your face.
- Moisture can help prevent sinusitis in homes with dry air, such as those with forced-air heating. Keep the humidifier clean and mold-free by cleaning it regularly and thoroughly.
- If you’re allergic to a specific substance, avoid it. Whether you require prescription medications, allergy injections, or other immunotherapies can be determined by consulting a physician.