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Paranasal Sinuses

 

Around 30 million Americans suffer from sinusitis once a year!

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis occurs when the lining of the sinuses becomes inflamed as a result of either a viral or bacterial infection. The infection can be chronic or acute - the latter causing symptoms of tenderness and pain in the face, a high temperature and either nasal discharge or a blocked nose.  In most cases antibiotics won't be required and the infection won't last more that four weeks.  Where it does last longer - up to 12 weeks - it is known as subacute sinusitis - longer than this and it is termed chronic sinusitis. 

Usually the infection develops after someone has had the flu or even a cold.  Teeth problems can also be a cause.  Hay fever sufferers, smokers, those with cystic fibrosis or a compromised immune system are also susceptible. The pain caused by sinusitis can be debilitating.  A visit to the doctor may be necessary to rule out anything else or in case antibiotics are required.

 

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Sinus Infection

 

Where are the Sinuses?

The sinuses are air-filled cavities that sit within the bones of the face behind the forehead and cheekbones. Their purpose is to make mucus which in turn keeps the inside of your nose moist. This then acts as a layer of defence against allergens, pollutants and of course dust. When pressure builds up in the sinuses as a result of a blockage or excess fluid this allows germs to grow causing infection.  

In the video below, Maureen Abson explains how to massage the sinuses to drain them and relieve the pressure and any blockages.

 

 

Sinus Drainage with Massage - Maureen Abson
 
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