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7 Ways to Prevent Sinus Infections

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7 Ways to Prevent Sinus Infections

By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor

Your nose is stuffy. You have thick, yellowish mucus. You’re coughing, and you feel tired and achy. You think that you have a cold. You take medicines to relieve your symptoms, but they don’t help. When you also get a terrible headache, you finally drag yourself to the doctor. After listening to your history of symptoms and examining your face and forehead, the doctor says you have sinusitis.

Whether it’s acute or chronic, sinusitis is painful and wearying. It’s common too: every year, it affects 37 million people in the U.S. Sinusitis doesn’t discriminate based on age.

What Is Sinusitis?

“Sinusitis” simply means your sinuses are inflamed―red and swollen―because of an infection or another problem.

When people say, “My sinuses are killing me,” they usually are referring to symptoms of congestion and achiness in one or more of the four pairs of cavities (air-filled spaces) known as paranasal sinuses. These small hollow spaces are named for the bones that contain them:

  • Over the eyes in the brow area (Frontal sinuses)
  • Inside each cheekbone (Maxillary sinuses)
  • Behind the bridge of the nose, between the eyes (Ethmoid sinuses)

What Causes the Pain?

The pain of a sinus attack arises because the trapped air and mucus put pressure on the mucous membrane of the sinuses and the bony wall behind it. Also, when a swollen membrane at the opening of a paranasal sinus prevents air from entering into the sinuses, it can create a vacuum that causes pain.

Next: 7 Ways Sinusitis Can Be Prevented

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Sinus Infections: Preventing the Pain, Pressure and Congestion originally appeared on AgingCare.com.

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7:57AM PST on Mar 3, 2015

* there is surely a vaccine, I don't know how the 'a' disappeared

7:57AM PST on Mar 3, 2015

Be loyal to your sponsors, or else they'll stop paying for our butterfly credits! There's surely vaccine against sinusitis, isn't there?

2:17AM PST on Mar 3, 2015

I always get an ear infection with my sinus infection

as I have post nasal drip

12:46AM PST on Feb 15, 2015

Good to know, thanks.

8:00PM PST on Jan 24, 2015

ty

6:09AM PST on Jan 3, 2015

try adding a tablespoon of aloe vera JUICE (not gel) to your neti pot saline before you rinse, the aloe is exceptionally soothing and since it has antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties is better for you than antibiotics.

1:52PM PST on Jan 1, 2015

Thanks

11:18AM PST on Dec 27, 2014

Thanks for the info.

12:41AM PST on Dec 14, 2014

Ty

7:50AM PST on Nov 26, 2014

Thanks

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