What Is Sinusitis?

Chain Ruei20Huang RD

Medical reviewed by Chain-Ruei Huang, RD

Eating-related behavior therapy, preventative nutrition, public health nutrition

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  • 00:00 Sinusitis is commonly known as a sinus infection. It happens when the air-filled spaces in your nose and head, called sinuses, become inflamed and filled with mucus.
    The most common symptoms include:
    Nasal congestion
    Runny nose
    Headaches
    Cough
    Fatigue
    Facial pain and pressure, dry, itchy face, especially around the eyes, forehead, and cheeks
    The causes of sinus infections vary. Viruses, bacteria, or fungi can cause them. Allergies and environmental irritation like smoke and pollution can also cause sinusitis.
    Fortunately, sinus infections can be treated. The treatment depends on the cause and severity of the condition. The disease will usually go away within a week or two if it’s viral. 
    However, if it’s bacterial, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to help clear the infection.
    In addition to medication, natural remedies can help ease symptoms.
    Steam inhalation is a great way to relieve congestion and promote sinus drainage. One easy way to do this is by taking a shower or drinking a cup of tea. Keeping the air moist with a humidifier can also help reduce sinus inflammation.
    Taking care of your health can also help prevent sinus infections. Exercise, a balanced diet, and enough sleep can strengthen your immune system and reduce your chances of getting sick.
    Sinus infections can be uncomfortable, but with the proper treatment and prevention methods, you can get back to feeling your best.

Sinusitis is commonly known as a sinus infection. It happens when the air-filled spaces in your nose and head, called sinuses, become inflamed and filled with mucus.

What is sinusitis?

The most common symptoms include:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Facial pain and pressure, dry, itchy face, especially around the eyes, forehead, and cheeks

The causes of sinus infections vary. Viruses, bacteria, or fungi can cause them. Allergies and environmental irritations like smoke and pollution can also cause sinusitis.

Fortunately, sinus infections can be treated. The treatment depends on the cause and severity of the condition. The disease will usually go away within a week or two if it’s viral. 

However, if it’s bacterial, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to help clear the infection.

In addition to medication, natural remedies can help ease symptoms.

Steam inhalation is a great way to relieve congestion and promote sinus drainage. One easy way to do this is by taking a shower or drinking a cup of tea. Keeping the air moist with a humidifier can also help reduce sinus inflammation.

Taking care of your health can also help prevent sinus infections. Exercise, a balanced diet, and enough sleep can strengthen your immune system and reduce your chances of getting sick.

Sinus infections can be uncomfortable, but with the proper treatment and prevention methods, you can get back to feeling your best.

Summary

Sinusitis symptoms include congestion, headaches, cough, and facial pain caused by inflammation and mucus buildup. Treatments include medication, natural remedies like steam inhalation, and prevention through healthy lifestyle habits.

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Chain Ruei20Huang RD

Medical reviewed by Chain-Ruei Huang, RD

Eating-related behavior therapy, preventative nutrition, public health nutrition

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