1. What is Sinusitis?
Were you ever at a receiving end of a cold that left you with a massive headache, perhaps one that even made blinking painful, as you struggled to breathe? This is what acute sinusitis feels like for many who grapple with the condition.
Dr Sanjay Sachdeva, Director, ENT - Head & Neck Surgery and Cochlear Implant, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, defines sinusitis in the following manner.Sinusitis is the infection in the air filled cavities around the eyes which are called sinuses. Sinuses help the nose to perform function of filtration, humidification and temperature regulation. They communicate with the nose through small openings known as ostia. Disease of these openings cause sinuses to get blocked, infected and lead to sinusitis.Dr Sanjay Sachdeva
Effectively, the condition is caused by anything that blocks the sinus openings in the nasal passage. Pollution, a common cold, nasal products like sprays and drops, allergies, smoking - potentially any of these could trigger sinusitis. In cities where pollution is a regular problem, it could also become chronic.
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Though sinus does not kill, it causes great pain and discomfort and is as widespread in the country as diabetes or cardiovascular problems, points out a report by The Times of India.