To a middle-class Indian family, sinuses are as dangerous as the Flu. Ironically, we don't even know what it actually is. What we know, is that it causes a lot of pain, which involves our family doctors, and our parents complaining about us being reckless, and irresponsible. Truth be told, sinuses are nothing, but air cavities in our skull.
Imagine getting scolded for a hole! They are used to moisturize, and purify the air that we breathe. Simply put, the air we breathe is not that suitable for respiration, courtesy of the pollution that has been increasing since the first EVS book mentioned it. They help us breathe, and live. Interestingly, whatever keeps us alive, can also threaten our existence, similarly sinuses can put us through a hell lot of trouble if we aren't careful.
One cause of sinus infections is a result of bacterial invasion within one or more of the sinus cavities. Any bacteria that enter the nasal passages and sinus cavities through the air that is inhaled are trapped by the mucus secreted by the mucous membranes surrounding these areas. These trapped particles can cause an irritation to these linings resulting in swelling and inflammation.
Certain abnormalities or trauma related injuries to the nasal cavity can make it difficult for effective drainage of mucus from the sinus cavities. This mucus is then allowed to develop in these areas making the cavity an ideal area in which bacteria can both attach and thrive.
It needs vacuuming of sorts, for it maintains the weight of the skull, and also, because mucus deposition while we are sick, can sometimes make us sound nasal, and also causes irritation in the respiratory tract. Sounds dangerous, probably is, but the remedies are budget-friendly, and can be done at home. They just require a pair of hands. Let's see how. Remember, there are medicines that would do the same work, but not all medicines are suited by all people.
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