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What actually is a sinus?

The sinuses are a connected system of hollow cavities in the skull. Although they are most filled with air, each sinus is lined with a thin layer of mucus. Most sinuses drain into the nasal cavity. At this point, scientists admit they aren’t positive why we have sinuses.

What are the symptoms of sinus problems?

Sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses) is the most commonly reported sinus problem. The inflammation causes increased mucus production and is often associated with headaches and dull pain in the facial area where the sinuses are located. Many symptoms present themselves as similar to allergies, and allergies can cause their own level of infection to your sinuses as well. Other sinus conditions include deviated septums and turbinate hypertrophy.

How do you treat sinus problems?

There are several treatments involved in treating sinus conditions and each is predicated by the severity of the condition. Sinusitis is commonly treated with antibiotics to clear the infection and anti-inflammatories for more severe cases. Conditions like deviated septums and turbinate hypertrophy are harder to treat and usually require corrective surgery.

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