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Common Conditions

Sinusitis

10/11/2022

The sinuses are a network of small, hollow cavities inside the skull. They sit behind the cheekbones and forehead, opening into the nasal cavity. Tissues inside the sinuses produce mucus, which ordinarily drains into the nose. Sometimes, these tissues become inflamed and swell with fluid. Inflamed sinuses cannot drain properly, allowing mucus and other fluids to build up in the nose. This buildup results in nasal congestion which can lead to inflammation such as Sinusitis. Sinusitis can occur as a result of a viral respiratory infection, exposure to allergens or irritants, nasal polyps, or a weakened immune system. This inflammation would cause an increase in internal pressure within areas like the cheeks, eyes, nose, and on one side of the head (temple), leading to a dull headache.

Symptoms of Sinusitis may include:

  • Facial pressure or pain
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Postnasal drainage that flows down the back of the throat

Sinus drainage is an effective way to alleviate Sinusitis symptoms and release mucus buildup in the sinuses. The gentle pressure and warmth from the hands also help to increase blood circulation to the area. If in doubt, please seek professional advice.