Friday, January 25, 2008

I'm suffering...sinus infection, please go away...

Sinus Infection Overview

Sinus infection, or sinusitis, is an inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages. A sinus infection can cause a headache or pressure in the eyes, nose, cheek area, or on one side of the head. A person with a sinus infection may also have a cough, a fever, bad breath, and nasal congestion with thick nasal secretions. Sinusitis is categorized as acute (sudden onset) or chronic (long term, the most common type).

Anatomy of the sinuses (also called paranasal sinuses): The human skull contains four major pairs of hollow air–filled–cavities called sinuses. These are connected to the space between the nostrils and the nasal passage. Sinuses help insulate the skull, reduce its weight, and allow the voice to resonate within it. The four major pairs of sinuses are the:

  • Frontal sinuses (in the forehead)
  • Maxillary sinuses (behind the cheek bones)
  • Ethmoid sinuses (between the eyes)
  • Sphenoid sinuses (behind the eyes)

The sinuses contain defenses against foreign bacteria (germs). If a disruption occurs that affects the normal host defenses inside the sinuses, those defenses may allow bacteria, which are normally present in the nasal passages, to enter any of the sinuses. Once there, the bacteria may stick to the lining cells and cause a sinus infection.

Acute sinusitis usually lasts less than eight weeks or occurs no more than three times per year with each episode lasting no longer than 10 days. Medications are usually effective against acute sinusitis. Successful treatment counteracts damage done to the mucous lining of the sinuses and surrounding bone of the skull.

Chronic sinusitis lasts longer than eight weeks or occurs more than four times per year with symptoms usually lasting more than 20 days.

The sinuses are covered with a mucus layer and cells that contain little hairs on their surfaces called cilia. These help trap and propel bacteria and pollutants outward. The ostiomeatal complex (OMC) connects the nasal passage to the paranasal sinuses.

Sinus Infection Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of sinus infections depend upon which sinuses are affected and whether the sinus infection is acute or chronic.

Acute sinusitis:

  • Ethmoid sinusitis (behind the eyes)

    • Nasal congestion with discharge or postnasal drip (mucus drips down the throat behind the nose)
    • Pain or pressure around the inner corner of the eye or down one side of the nose
    • Headache in the temple or surrounding the eye
    • Pain or pressure symptoms worse when coughing, straining, or lying on the back and better when the head is upright
    • Fever common

  • Maxillary sinusitis (behind the cheek bones)

    • Pain across the cheekbone, under or around the eye, or around the upper teeth
    • Pain or pressure on one side or both
    • Tender, red, or swollen cheekbone
    • Pain and pressure symptoms worse with the head upright and bending forward and better when reclining
    • Nasal discharge or postnasal drip
    • Fever common
These are what i'm experience rite now. not feeling well for almost every second, i'm sick of it. I hope the traditional herbs which En. Fadzli has bought for me can relief my pain.
please, return my cheerful life...please...

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