Sinus Infection

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sinus infections can be painful and hard to get rid of. They are also one of the most commonly diagnosed diseases. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about sinus infections in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

There are four pairs of hollow spaces in the bones of your face. These are called sinuses. They are lined with tissue that makes thin, watery mucus. The sinuses are connected to each other and drain through the nose.

Normally, sinuses are filled with air, but when they become blocked and filled with fluid, germs can grow and cause an infection. A sinus infection may also be called sinusitis.

Acute sinusitis lasts for less than four weeks. Chronic sinusitis lasts for more than 12 weeks.

The most common cause is a virus, such as the common cold. When you catch a cold, your mucus becomes thick and sticky, and doesnt drain well. This can lead to a bacterial sinus infection.

Anyone can get a sinus infection, but people with nasal allergies, hay fever or asthma have an increased risk. Other risk factors include exposure to cigarette smoke, nasal polyps and changes in pressure. Sinus infections can also be caused by a deviated septum.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.