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What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is caused when the lining of the sinuses become inflamed - the infection can be viral or bacterial.  The sinuses are tiny air-filled cavities within the facial bones behind the forehead and cheekbones.

The infection may be acute or chronic.  Symptoms of acute sinusitis are typically; a blocked nose or nasal discharge, tenderness and pain in the face and a high temperature.  Onset can be very quick and the infection may last for up to four weeks.  It will often get better with no intervention but in some cases antibiotics or other medication may be needed. When sinusitis last longer than twelve weeks it is considered to be chronic. 

Infected sinuses often develop as a result of a cold or flu but in some cases, issues with the teeth can be the cause.

Who is susceptible to Sinusitis?

Smokers, those with a compromised immune symptoms, allergy sufferers particularly hay fever, people with blockages in their nose as well as sufferers of cystic fibrosis are all more susceptible to sinusitis.  It also has a higher rate of occurrence during pregnancy. Rarely there can be serious complications that require immediate medical attention.

The pressure on the sinuses caused by the infection can be extremely painful and debilitating so any help with alleviating that pain will be welcomed!


Here Maureen Abson explains how you can use massage to alleviate that pain...




Maureen Abson Treating Sinusitis








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