The Science of Sinuses

Life has a lot of daily pressures – work, bills, a busy schedule. The last thing you want is added pressure from your sinuses.

The sinuses are the hollow spaces behind your lower forehead, nose and cheeks. They produce mucus, the protective coating that covers surfaces in your mouth, throat, nose, and more, to keep sensitive tissues from drying out. Mucus also traps bacteria and dust before it gets into your body, and the antibodies, enzymes and proteins in the mucus work to kill these particles. But sometimes your sinuses don’t play nice.

Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses often caused by an infection. Over 30 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with sinusitis annually. Symptoms include fever, weakness, fatigue, cough, drainage and congestion. Treatment includes antibiotics, pain meds and decongestants.

A deviated septum can lead to frequent sinus infections. Your sinuses are divided into two halves with a bone and mucous membrane barrier between them – this is the septum. If the septum is deviated, or off center, it can interfere with the drainage of your sinuses. Other symptoms include congestion in the nostrils, facial pain and frequent nosebleeds.

If you have sinus or nasal discomfort, talk to your doctor, especially if your symptoms last more than a week. An ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor may be able to help with chronic issues.

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.aurorahealthcare.org/patients-visitors/blog/5-facts-about-sinuses-and-their-common-problems