Sinus Infections 1

Monday, August 08, 2011

Have your cold or allergies turned into a sinus infection. Learn more about sinus infections, or sinusitis, from Dr. Edward Hill 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.

A sinus infection, or sinusitis, is a swelling of the lining in the sinuses. 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.

Please join me tomorrow when I discuss the symptoms and treatment for sinus infections.

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