Persistent cold symptoms that have troubled you for too long may actually be sinusitis. Read on to get more information about this respiratory illness, and what steps you can take to alleviate the agony sinusitis brings along with it.
Underneath your face, a set of voids known as sinuses, flank the nose and are responsible for the generation of mucus. Mucus, an essential body fluid, acts as a protective agent and inhibits allergens and pathogens from invading the body. It also helps in keeping parts of the body like the mouth, nose, throat, GI tract and lungs moist. In a healthy body, the mucus flows easily into the nasal cavity, keeping the airways clear. Unfortunately, when the same mucus starts blocking the airways due to inflamed sinuses, it can lead to symptoms like headaches, facial pain, and breathing difficulty. An excess of mucus creates an environment that is perfect for bacteria and viruses to thrive. There are numerous things that can lead to such a situation including a cold virus, allergies or deformities like nasal polyps.
Sinusitis symptoms can pose as a major hindrance to normal daily functioning and can negatively impact your ability to achieve optimum efficiency. Here are some things you can do to deter a common cold from exploding into full-blown sinusitis:
If you are unable to resolve your problem by practicing some of these tips or you experience any of the following symptoms, be sure to see a doctor soon:
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