When Healthy Sinuses Become Blocked

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While sinus anatomy can be likened to a house, sinus function runs more like a car. With an automobile, you know there's a lot of firing and whirring going on under the hood, but as long as the car runs OK, you tend not to think about it. Then, after months or years without any problems, you start to hear a strange knocking sound. You hope it will go away, but instead the engine conks out on the highway, stranding you on your way to work. Similarly, when your sinuses are healthy, you breathe in...

Children and Sinusitis

Like adults, children can develop sinus infections. Most often, kids' infections follow on the heels of a cold, but they can also be triggered by allergies. Although the infection process is the same as in grown-ups, several factors specific to children affect the way we diagnose and treat pediatric sinusitis. First, doctors have a harder time distinguishing between a child's sinusitis and severe cold or allergies. In an infant or a young child, the only symptom of sinusitis that parents may...

Making the Diagnosis Do You Really Have Sinusitis

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Unless you have prior experience with sinusitis, you may have trouble distinguishing it from other ailments, such as colds and allergies. People often mistakenly confuse the three because so many of their symptoms are similar. But they are, in fact, different entities with different causes Colds. Whereas sinusitis is caused by bacteria, colds are caused by viruses. These much smaller microorganisms invade the body's cells, where they reproduce and are eventually released into the bloodstream to...

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

Because the ears, nose, and throat are all connected, it's not uncommon for problems in one area to spill over into another. One example is Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD). Eustachian tubes are narrow passageways that connect the inside of the ears to the back of the nose in an area known as the nasopharynx (refer back to Figure 2.2). These tubes equalize the pressure between your ears and the outside atmosphere. When you feel your ears popping in an elevator or on an airplane, that's your...

Sinusitis and Quality of Life

It's a simple but revealing question compared to one year ago, how would you rate your health today I frequently ask this question to patients who have been referred to me with sinusitis, and nearly always their answer is worse. If you're struggling with sinus problems, chances are you would say the same. What's important about this response is it reflects that sinusitis leads to more than just headaches or nasal drainage or blocked breathing passages. It affects your overall quality of life....

Genetic Causes of Sinusitis

Although it's likely that many genetic links to sinusitis will be found in the future, for now these are the two we know the most about. This inherited disorder, which is usually diagnosed in childhood, is caused by a genetic defect (called a DNA mutation) that leads ,171 to abnormal secretions in various organs of the body, including the lungs, pancreas, liver, and reproductive tract. In the respiratory system, this dysfunction produces very thick mucus, which can block the lungs and sinuses,...