Sinusitis, or a sinus infection, is an inflammation of the nasal sinuses that affects about 37 million Americans annually. It can be acute and chronic and can last up to months, or even years, if left untreated.
Dr.Mercola explains that sinusitis:
“typically occurs when the mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses become irritated by a cold, allergy, or pollution, for example, which then cause them to become inflamed. Once inflamed, the motion of your cilia (the tiny hairs that coat the mucous membranes and are responsible for moving mucus over their surfaces) slows down. At the same time, the irritation stimulates your mucous glands to secrete more mucus than usual to dilute the bacteria. As a result, mucus gets trapped in your sinuses, where it can easily become infected.”
Usually, it is treated with antibiotics, which only cover up the symptoms, but do not treat the root of the problem. These are the most common symptoms of sinusitis:
A runny nose
Thick, colored nasal drainage
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