Your Sinuses Work to Keep You Healthy
Your sinuses are air filled spaces around and behind your eyes and nose. They are part of your upper respiratory system and are lined with mucus-secreting membranes that play an important role in trapping and removing organisms and pollutants that you inhale.
What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis occurs when the membranes lining your sinuses become irritated and inflamed. They can swell and block airflow into and drainage out of your sinuses. Without normal drainage your sinus cavities fill with stagnant fluid allowing bacteria to grow and cause a sinus infection.
Sinusitis can be considered Acute – when symptoms are experienced for a temporary amount of time and then resolve, or Chronic – when your symptoms last more than 12 weeks in spite of treatment.
Chronic Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the United States,
affecting 37 million people each year.
Chronic Sinusitis is more common than heart disease or asthma, and can be more debilitating than congestive heart failure or chronic back pain.
Your Sinus Infection Symptoms May Include:
- Facial pain or pressure
- Nasal congestion
- Nasal drip or discharge
- Loss of sense of smell
- Persistent coughing
- Bad breath
- Lack of energy