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All you need to know about Sinusitis

Written by Peggy Ng, Clinical Application Specialist at Easmed

How many times have you caught a cold and found it difficult to proceed with your usual day to day activities because of the stuffy nose, the bothersome nasal drip, and the very bad headache? And worse, come night time, your blocked nose would still keep you from getting that good night’s rest after a tiring day. You would just be tossing and turning in bed, trying to find a position that will somehow relieve that stuffy nose of yours, but most of the time these do not even help. How can something as simple as breathing be so hard?

First off, what is this condition that makes you suffer so much? What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is an inflammation of a nasal sinus usually caused by a virus, or a bacteria, or even a fungus. The sinuses’ main function is to produce a mucus to protect the nose from pollutants and dirt. These are then drained out of the nose via a sinus passage in your nose.

What causes sinusitis?

An infection of the sinuses, or growths in the sinuses called nasal polyps, or swelling of the lining of the sinuses.

What happens when I have sinusitis?

When you have a sinus infection, you may have nasal discharge that ranges from light yellow to green. You may also feel facial pain and/or congestion in your nose and/or headaches.

Sinusitis may also cause loss of smell and/or taste, post nasal drips which is disruptive to daily life.

Take this quiz to find out if you may be suffering from sinusitis:

How can chronic sinusitis affect my quality of life?